Platyja umminia (Cramer, 1780)
(one synonym : Ophisma trajecta Walker, 1869)

CATOCALINAE ,   NOCTUIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


male
Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, from
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art

The adult moths of this species are brown with a mauve tinge. The forewings have hooked tips The males have pale areas at the forewing tips. The females have an irregular pale pinkish spot in the middle of each forewing. The moths are thought to damage a range of fruit by piercing the skin and sucking juice.


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

The moths has been found in

  • Borneo,
  • Malaysia,

    and in Australia in

  • Northern Territory, and
  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Pieter Cramer,
    Uitlandsche kapellen voorkomende in de drie waereld-deelen,
    Amsterdam Baalde, Volume 3 (1782), pp. 137-138, and also Plate 267, fig. F..

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 149.


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    (updated 3 March 2011)