Achaea mercatoria (Fabricius, 1775)
(one synonym : Achaea accelerans Walker, 1858)
CALPINAE,   EREBIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

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

The adult moth has forewings that are brown with transverse arcs of chevrons. The hindwings are black with three blurred white marks along the margin, and an incomplete transverse white band. The moth has a wingspan of about 7 cms.

The species is found across Africa and Asia, including:

  • India, and
  • Tanzania,

    as well as in Australia, in:

  • Northern Territory.


    Further reading :

    Johan Christian Fabricius,
    Historiae Natvralis Favtoribvs,
    Systema Entomologiae,
    1775, p. 604, No. 59.


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    (written 29 March 2020)