Decticryptis deleta (Moore, 1885)
(formerly known as Niaccaba deleta)
ACONTIINAE,   EREBIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Decticryptis deleta
(Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

The adult moth is pale brown, each wing with dark transverse wavy bands. The wings each often have dark patches near the base and/or the middle and/or the wingtip, and a dark spot near the middle. The hindwings often have a white streak from base to margin. All four wings have recurved wingtips. The head and thorax are white. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

Decticryptis deleta
drawing by Frederic Moore, listed as Niaccaba deleta
,
The Lepidoptera of Ceylon, L. Reeve, London, 1886, Plate 179, fig.13,
image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.

This species has been found in

  • Sri Lanka,

    as well as in Australia in

  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Frederic Moore,
    The Lepidoptera of Ceylon,
    L. Reeve, London, Volume 3 (1886), p. 304, and also Plate 179, fig. 13.


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    (written 19 April 2019)