Thalatha melaleuca Hampson, 1908
(one synonym : Molvena hieroglyphica Turner, 1920)
ACRONICTINAE ,   NOCTUIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Thalatha melaleuca
female, drawing by George Francis Hampson,

Catalogue of Lepidoptera Phalænæ in the British Museum,
Noctuidæ, Volume VIII (1909), Plate CXXIV, figure 2,
image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Ernst Mayr Library, Harvard University.

The forewings of the adult moth have a pattern of black and white. The hind wings are dark grey-brown, fading toward the bases, with dark veins. The wingspan is about 3 cms.

The species has been found in

  • New Guinea,

    and also in Australia in:

  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    George F. Hampson,
    Catalogue of the Noctuidae in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Catalogue of the Lepidoptera Phalænæ in the British Museum,
    Volume 8 (1909), pp. 48-49, No. 3623.


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    (updated 21 November 2011)