Avitta rufifrons Moore, 1887
CALPINAE ,   NOCTUIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Avitta rufifrons
(Photo: courtesy of Bart Hacobian, near Millaa Millaa, Queensland)

The live adult moth of this species is mainly dark brown, but the forewings particularly have a purple iridescence if viewed from the right direction. There are several dark markings, including some submarginal lines on each forewing. The head and collar are red or orange with a white outline, In death, the purple colour fades to brown. The wingspan is about 3 cms.

Avitta rufifrons
drawing by Frederic Moore,
,
The Lepidoptera of Ceylon, L. Reeve, London, 1886, Plate 215 fig. 2,
image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.

The species has been found in

  • Sri Lanka,

    as well as in Australia in

  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Frederic Moore,
    The Lepidoptera of Ceylon,
    L. Reeve, London, Volume 3 (1886), p. 554, and also Plate 215, fig. 2.


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    (written 20 March 2016)