Sandava xylistis Swinhoe, 1900
HYPENINAE ,   NOCTUIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley & Peter Marriott

Sandava xylistis
(Photo: courtesy of Jenny Holmes, Victoria)

These adult moths have brown wings with dark wriggly lines and dark splotches. They have a wingspan of about 2 cms. Male and female moths are similar, but the antennae of the males are marginally thicker than those of the females.

The species appears to be less common than the related species Sandava scitissignata. Nevertheless, we have found them to be widespread, taking specimens from Riddells Creek, Mt. Martha, Bentleigh and in the Dandenongs, in October, November, March and April in

  • Victoria.

    The species also occurs in

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


    Further reading :

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 165.

    Charles Swinhoe,
    Noctuina, Geometrina and Pyralidina,
    Catalogue of Eastern and Australian Lepidoptera Heterocera in the Collection of the Oxford University Museum,
    Clarendon Press, Part 2 (1900), p. 192, No. 2158.


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    (updated 15 April 2013)