Attonda trifasciata (Moore, 1877)
(one synonym is Capnodes pallens Moore, 1882)
CATOCALINAE,   EREBIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

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

The adult moth of this species has brown forewings, each crossed by vague dark zigzag lines, the points of which develop into dark-edged white spots. The wingspan is about 3 cms.

Attonda trifasciata
drawing by Frederic Moore, listed as Capnodes pallens
,
Descriptions of new Indian Lepidopterous Insects from the collection
of the late Mr. W.S. Atkinson, Plate V, fig. 21.
image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.

The species has been found in

  • Andaman Islands,
  • Taiwan ( listed as Attonda adspersa)

    as well as in Australia in

  • Queensland.

    Attonda trifasciata
    showing undersides
    (Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)


    Further reading :

    Frederic Moore,
    The lepidopterous fauna of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands,
    Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London,
    Part 3 (1877), p. 612.

    Frederic Moore,
    Descriptions of new Indian Lepidopterous Insects
    from the collection of the late Mr. W.S. Atkinson
    ,
    Asiatic Society of Bengal,
    Part 1 (1882), p. 176, and also Plate 5, fig. 21.


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    (written 25 May 2019)