Autoba versicolor Walker, 1864
(one synonym : Thalpochares rubicosa Snellen, 1880)
ACONTIINAE ,   NOCTUIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

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

The caterpillars of this species attack the flowers of various fruits, including

  • Mangoes ( Mangifera indica, ANACARDIACEAE ),
  • Longans ( Dimocarpus longan, SAPINDACEAE ), and
  • Lychees ( Litchi sinensis, SAPINDACEAE ).

    Autoba versicolor
    (Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

    The adult moth has pale brown wings, with a prominent dark line across each one. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

    Autoba versicolor
    underside
    (Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

    The species is found across south east Asia, including:

  • Thailand,

    as well as in Australia in

  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 113.

    Francis Walker,
    Catalogue of the Lepidopterous Insects collected at Sarawak, in Borneo, by Mr. A.R. Wallace, with descriptions of new species (continued),
    Journal of the Linnean Society of London,
    Volume 7 (1864), p. 58, No. 292.


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    (updated 10 August 2013)