Aiteta elaina (Swinhoe, 1901)
(previously known as Capotena elaina)
CHLOEPHORINAE ,   NOLIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA ,  
  
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Aiteta elaina
(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

The adult moths are brown with of two pale-edged dark diagonal lines across each forewing. The hindwings are brown, fading toward the bases. The wingspan is about 3 cms.

Aiteta elaina
male, drawing by George Francis Hampson
,
Catalogue of Lepidoptera Phalænæ in the British Museum,
Noctuidæ, Volume XI (1912), Plate CLXXXVIII, figure 4,
image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Ernst Mayr Library, Harvard University.

The species has been found in

  • Papua,

    and also in Australia in

  • Western Australia,
  • Northern Territory, and
  • Queensland.

    Some taxonomists have the view that this species is identical to, and its name a synonym for Aiteta iridias.


    Further reading :

    Charles Swinhoe,
    New genera and species of Eastern and Australian moths,
    The Annals and Magazine of Natural History,
    Series 7, Volume 7 (1901), p. 492.


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    (updated 13 November 2012)