Acontia nivipicta Butler, 1886
(one synonym : Tarache nivipictoides Strand, 1917)
ACONTIINAE,   NOCTUIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
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Acontia nivipicta
(Photo: courtesy of Trevor Jinks, North Burnett, Queensland)

The adult moth has dark brown and white forewings, with a variable pattern. The hind wings are yellow merging to dark brown at the edges. The moth has a wing span of about 2 cms.

Acontia nivipicta
(Specimen: courtesy of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)

It was illustrated by Hampson on plate CLXXII number 3 as Tarache nivipicta.

Acontia nivipicta
Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, from
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art

The species is found over the northern two thirds of Australia, including

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

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


    Further reading :

    Arthur G. Butler,
    Descriptions of 21 new genera and 103 new species of Lepidoptera-Heterocera from the Australian Region,
    Transactions of the Entomological Society of London,
    1886, pp. 400-401, No. 31.

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 47.8, p. 455.

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


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    (updated 25 April 2010, 5 May 2017)