Leucania diatrecta Butler, 1886
(one synonym : Noctua pancratii Cyrillo, 1787)
HADENINAE,   NOCTUIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Leucania diatrecta
(Photo: Don Herbison-Evans, Sydney, New South Wales)

The adults of this species are fawn with an indistinct dark stripe along the middle of each forewing with a tiny black-edged white dot about halfway along it, and another dark stripe along the hind margin of each forewing. The moths have a wingspan of about 3 cms.

Leucania diatrecta
(Specimen: courtesy of Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)

Specimens have been taken in

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Australian Capital Territory,
  • Victoria,
  • Tasmania,
  • South Australia, and
  • Western Australia.


    Further reading :

    Arthur G. Butler,
    Descriptions of 21 new genera and 103 new species of Lepidoptera-Heterocera from the Australian Region,
    Transactions of the Entomological Society of London,
    1886, p. 390, No. 13.


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    (updated 7 August 2011, 16 October 2018)