Mataeomera ligata (T.P. Lucas, 1895)
Black-tipped Scale-moth
(previously known as Madopa ligata)
ACONTIINAE,   EREBIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@yahoo.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Mataeomera ligata
(Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Aranda, Australian Capital Territory)

The adult moth of this species has grey-brown wings. The forewings have black markings near the wingtip, and two dark wandering lines across each wing. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

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

The species has been found in

  • Northern Territory,
  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Australian Capital Territory,
  • Victoria,
  • South Australia, and
  • Western Australia.


    Further reading :

    Thomas P. Lucas,
    Australian Lepidoptera: thirty new species,
    Transactions of the Natural History Society of Queensland,
    Volume 1 (1895), p. 115.

    Peter Marriott,
    Moths of Victoria - Part 8,
    Night Moths and Allies - NOCTUOIDEA(B)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2017, pp. 28-29.


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    (updated 3 February 2010, 3 June 2017, 8 September 2019, 28 August 2020)