Sandava scitisignata Walker, 1862
(one synonym : Istarba varialis Walker, 1866)
HYPENINAE ,   NOCTUIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Peter Marriott & Stella Crossley

These Caterpillars have been found under loose bark on tree trunks, and appear to eat :

  • fungi on dead trees.

    Sandava scitisignata
    (Photo: courtesy of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)

    The adult moths have pale brown wings with a dark speckly pattern. They have a wingspan of about 2 cms. Male and female moths are similar, but the antennae of the males are thicker than those of the females.

    The species is found widely in Australia, including:

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Australian Capital Territory,
  • Victoria, where we have found them at Bentleigh, Kallista, Stratford, Bairnsdale, Anglesea and Mt. Martha, from September through to April,
  • Tasmania,
  • South Australia, and
  • Western Australia.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 44.15, p. 450.

    Francis Walker,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 25 (1862), p. 1423, No. 97.


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    (updated 17 April 2013)