Avatha discolor (Fabricius, 1794)
(one synonym : Hypaetra trigonifera Walker, 1858)
CATOCALINAE ,   NOCTUIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda, Queensland)

The adult moth of this species is quite variable in colours and pattern, but usually is brown with two adjacent broad wavy bands across the middle of each forewing. one darker brown, and one paler brown.


male
(Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda, Queensland)

The hindwings and the undersides of both sexes are plain brown, darkening toward the margins. The female is less boldly marked than the male. The wingspan of both sexes is about 5 cms.


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

The species is found in across south-east Asia and the western Pacific, including

  • Borneo,
  • Cook Islands,
  • Fiji,
  • Henderson Island,
  • India,

    and in Australia in:

  • Queensland, and
  • Norfolk Island.


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


    Further reading :

    Johan Christian Fabricius,
    Entomologia Systematica Emendata et Aucta,
    Tom. 3, Part 2 (1793), p. 50, No. 136.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 128.


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    (updated 7 February 2011, 17 August 2013)