Proteuxoa atra (Guenée, 1852)
Sombre Noctuid
(one synonym : Mamestra lucifera Walker, 1865)
ACRONICTINAE2,   NOCTUIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@yahoo.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Proteuxoa atra
(Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Aranda, Australian Capital Territory)

The adult moth of this species has dark brown patterned forewings, each with a variable white mark near the middle. The wingspan is about 4 cms.

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

The species has been found in:

  • New Zealand,

    and in Australia in

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Australian Capital Territory,
  • Victoria,
  • Tasmania, and
  • South Australia.

    Proteuxoa atra
    (Photo: courtesy of Laura Levens, Upper Beaconsfield, Victoria)


    Further reading :

    Achille Guenée,
    Noctuélites,
    in Boisduval & Guenée:
    Histoire naturelle des insectes; spécies général des lépidoptères,
    Volume 9, Part 5, Section 1 (1852), p. 272, No. 438.

    Peter Marriott & Marilyn Hewish,
    Moths of Victoria - Part 9,
    Cutworms and Allies - NOCTUOIDEA (C)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2020, pp. 16-17.


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    (updated 12 April 2013, 21 August 2019, 20 December 2020)