Athetis reclusa (Walker, 1862)
(one synonym : Elydna sparna Wileman & West, 1929)
AMPHIPYRINAE ,   NOCTUIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


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

The caterpillars of this species have been found feeding on the leaves of:

  • Peanuts ( Arachis hypogaea, FABACEAE ).

    The adult moth of this species has speckled pale brown forewings each with a dark brown smudge near the middle of the wing. The hindwings are off-white with dark veins. The wingspan is about 2.5 cms.

    The species has been found in :

  • Borneo,
  • Fiji,

    as well as in Australia in:

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

    Further reading :

    Francis Walker,
    Catalogue of the Heterocerous Lepidopterous Insects collected at Sarawak, in Borneo, by Mr. A. R. Wallace, with Descriptions of New Species,
    Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society,
    Volume 6 (1862), p. 185, No. 237.


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    (updated 1 July 2010)