Heliocheilus aleurota (Lower, 1902)
(one synonym is Canthylidia cana Turner, 1943)
HELIOTHINAE ,   NOCTUIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


male, drawing by George F. Hampson, listed as Melicleptria aleurota
,
Catalogue of the Noctuidæ in the Collection of the British Museum,
Volume IV (1903), Plate LVII, fig. 21,
image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.

The adult moth is brown with a pale stripe on each forewing. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

This species has been taken in

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


    Further reading :

    Oswald B. Lower,
    Descriptions of new Australian Lepidoptera,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 26 (1902), p. 641.

    Marcus Matthews,
    Heliothine Moths of Australia:
    A Guide to Pest Bollworms and Related Noctuid Groups,
    CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 1999, pp. 46, 51-52, 153, 196, Plate 6.


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    (updated 7 August 2011)