Acontia elaeoa (Hampson, 1910)
(previously known as Tarache elaeoa)
ACONTIINAE ,   NOCTUIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Acontia elaeoa
(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

The adult moths of this species have blotchy brown forewings, each with several pale marks along the costa. The hindwings are brown, fading at the base. The moth has a wing span of about 2 cms.

Acontia elaeoa
male, drawing by George Francis Hampson, listed as Tarache elaeoa,

Catalogue of Lepidoptera Phalænæ in the British Museum,
Noctuidæ, Volume X (1910), Plate CLXXII, fig. 10,
image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Ernst Mayr Library, Harvard University.

The species is found in Australia in

  • Western Australia,
  • Northern Territory, and
  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    George F. Hampson,
    Catalogue of the Lepidoptera Phalænæ in the British Museum,
    Catalogue of the Noctuidae in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Volume 10 (1910), p. 751, No. 6128, and also Acontia elaeoa
    Plate 172, fig. 10.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 112.


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    (updated 28 May 2013)