Aplotelia tripartita (Semper, 1900)
(one synonym: Targalla pratti Bethune-Baker, 1906)
EUTELIINAE,   EUTELIIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


drawing by Gorg Semper, listed as Ingura tripatita
,
Die Schmetterlinge der Phillippinischen Inseln,
Beitrag zur Indo-Malayischen Lepidopteren-Fauna, Tafel R, fig. 4,
image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.

These Caterpillars are brown with a humped thorax, two short spikes on each segment, and several on the last somite. The caterpillars have been found feeding on

  • Ciriguela ( Spondias purpurea, ANACARDIACEAE ).

    The caterpillars grow to a length of about 4 cms. They pupate in a cell in the soil.


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

    The forewings of the adult moths of this species are grey, and each has a pattern of dark lines and markings, including a vague grey eyespot spot near the middle. The hindwings are off-white. The wingspan is about 3.5 cms.

    The species occurs in

  • New Guinea,
  • Philippines,

    as well as in Australia in

  • Queensland.


    drawing by Gorg Semper, listed as Ingura tripatita
    ,
    Die Schmetterlinge der Phillippinischen Inseln,
    Beitrag zur Indo-Malayischen Lepidopteren-Fauna, Tafel LX, fig. 8,
    image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.


    Further reading :

    George Thomas Bethune-Baker,
    New Noctuidae from British New Guinea,
    Novitates Zoologicae,
    Volume 13 (1906), pp. 227-228, No. 115.

    Gorg Semper,
    Die Schmetterlinge der Phillippinischen Inseln,
    Beitrag zur Indo-Malayischen Lepidopteren-Fauna,
    Band 2, 1900, p. 532, No. 386, and also Plate 60, fig. 8, and Plate R, fig. 4.


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    (written 29 March 2019)