Aiteta pratti (Bethune-Baker, 1906)
(previously known as Sphingiforma pratti)
CHLOEPHORINAE ,   NOLIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA ,  
  
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Aiteta pratti
male
(Photo: courtesy of Dominic Funnell, Caravonica, Queensland)

The Caterpillars of this species are thought to feed on the foliage of

  • Goat Almond Trees ( Terminalia species, COMBRETACEAE ).

    The caterpillars are brown or green with vague spots, a swollen thorax, and two knobs on the tail.

    Aiteta pratti
    female
    (Photo: courtesy of Dominic Funnell, Caravonica, Queensland)

    The adult moths are brown with variable dark markings on the forewings. The wingspan is about 5 cms.

    The species has been found in

  • Papua,

    and also in Australia in

  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    George Thomas Bethune-Baker,
    New Noctuidae from British New Guinea,
    Novitates Zoologicae,
    Volume 13 (1906) p. 241, No. 158.


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    (written 18 August 2015)