Maliattha ritsemae (Snellen, 1880)
(one synonym : Eustrotia thermozona Hampson, 1910)
ACONTIINAE,   NOCTUIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
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Stella Crossley

Maliattha ritsemae
(Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda, Queensland)

This adult moth has white forewings, each with two broad brown bands. The hindwings are pale brown darkening toward the margins.

Maliattha ritsemae
(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

The underside is a patchy brown.

Maliattha ritsemae
underside
(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

The moth has a wing span of about 2 cms.

Maliattha ritsemae
(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

The species has been found in

  • Cook Islands,
  • Makassar, Indonesia,

    and in Australia in

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

    Maliattha ritsemae
    male, drawing by George Francis Hampson, listed as Eustrotia thermozona,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Phalænæ in the British Museum,
    Noctuidæ, Volume X (1910), Plate CLXVI, figure 9,
    image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Ernst Mayr Library, Harvard University.


    Further reading :

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 117.

    Pieter Cornelius Tobias Snellen,
    Nieuwe Pyraliden op Celebes gevonden,
    Tijdschrift voor Entomologie,
    Volume 23 (1880), pp. 57-58, No. 27, and also Plate 5, Fig. 2.


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    (updated 9 August 2011, 4 January 2017)