Aucha vesta Swinhoe, 1901
(one synonym : Aucha maculata Warren, 1913)
ACRONICTINAE2,   NOCTUIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@yahoo.com)
and
Stella Crossley

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

The forewings of the adult moth are greyish brown, with a variable pattern. The hindwings are dark brown with a long yellow streak. The wingspan is about 3.5 cms.

Aucha vesta
male, drawing by George Francis Hampson,

Catalogue of Lepidoptera Phalænæ in the British Museum,
Noctuidæ, Volume VII (1908), Plate CXXIII, fig. 8,
image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Ernst Mayr Library, Harvard University.

The species occurs in :

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


    Further reading :

    George Francis Hampson,
    Catalogue of Noctuidae in the British Museum,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Phalaenae in the British Museum,
    Volume 7 (1908), p. 664, No. 3558, and also Plate 123, fig. 8.

    Charles Swinhoe,
    New genera and species of eastern and Australian moths,
    The Annals and Magazine of Natural History,
    Series 7, Volume 7 (1901), pp. 493-494.


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    (updated 20 November 2011, 20 August 2019, 28 August 2021)