Leucania scottii Butler, 1886
(erroneously Meliana scotti Hampson, 1905)
HADENINAE ,   NOCTUIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


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

The adult moths of this species have rusty brown forewings, each having a dark streak from base to margin interrupted by a pale spot. The hindwings are off-white darkening towards the margins. The wingspan is about 2.5 cms.


underside
(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

This species has been found in

  • Tonga,

    and in Australia in

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


    female, drawing by George F. Hampson, listed as Meliana scotti
    ,
    Catalogue of the Noctuidæ in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Volume 5 (1905), Plate XCV, fig. 22,
    image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.

    The genus into which this species should be placed is controversial.


    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, Part 4, p. 391, No. 15.

    George F. Hampson,
    Catalogue of the Noctuidae in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Catalogue of the Lepidoptera Phalaenae in the British Museum,
    Volume 5 (1905), p. 582, No. 2019, and also Plate 95, fig. 22.


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    (updated 12 August 2012, 6 december 2015)