Spodoptera apertura (Walker, 1865)
Inscribed Moth
(one synonym : Prodenia synstictis Hampson, 1896)
ACRONICTINAE1,   NOCTUIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
  
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@yahoo.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of the Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

The adult moths of this species are brown with a complex pattern on each forewing including a white drawing like the Eiffel Tower being blown over. The hindwings are off-white shading to brown at the wingtips, with dark veins. The moths have a wingspan of about 2 cms.


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

The species has been found in various parts of the world, and in Australia in:

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


    Further reading :

    Peter Marriott & Marilyn Hewish,
    Moths of Victoria - Part 9,
    Cutworms and Allies - NOCTUOIDEA (C)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2020, pp. 12-13.

    Francis Walker,
    Supplement,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 32 (1865), p. 654.


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    (written 14 December 2020)