Atacira olivaceiplaga (Bethune-Baker, 1906)
(previously known as Eutelia olivaceiplaga)
EUTELIINAE,   NOCTUIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


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

The forewings of the adult moths of this species each have a grey area at the wingtip, a white-edged dark mark near the wingtip, and a white-edged dark spot near the middle which is bisected by a white line. The hindwings are plain brown. The wingspan is up to 3 cms.

The moth is unusual in having a resting position with the abdomen twisted to one side, rather like the geometrid Circopetes obtusata.

The species occurs in

  • New Guinea,

    and also in Australia in

  • Northern Territory, and
  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    George Thomas Bethune-Baker,
    New Noctuidae from British New Guinea,
    Novitates Zoologicae,
    Volume 13 (1906), p. 228, No. 118.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 158.


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    (updated 27 September 2011)