Maliattha signifera (Walker, [1858])
(one synonym : Acontia subfixa Walker, 1866)
ACONTIINAE,   NOCTUIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
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Stella Crossley

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

The adult moths of this species are buff coloured, with two irregular dark brown bands: one along the margin of, and one across each forewing. Between the bands are a number of round motifs. The wingspan is about 1.5 cms.

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

The eggs are spherical and a translucent white. They are laid in a regular hexagonal array.

The species occurs across south-east Asia, including

  • Hong Kong,
  • India,
  • Japan,
  • Korea, and
  • Thailand,

    as well as in Australia in

  • Northern Territory, and
  • Queensland.


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

    Francis Walker,
    Noctuidae,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 12 (1858), p. 796, No. 37.


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    (updated 14 August 2012)