Ectopatria aspera (Walker, 1857)
(previously known as Hadena aspera)
NOCTUINAE ,   NOCTUIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


male, drawing by George Francis Hampson, listed as Ectopatria aspera

Catalogue of Lepidoptera Phalænæ in the British Museum,
Noctuidæ, Volume IV (1903), Plate LXXVII, figure 27,
image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Ernst Mayr Library, Harvard University.

The adult moth has brown forewings each with a complex pattern. The hindwings of the males are buff coloured, with dark wingtips, and the hindwings of the females are brown. The wingspan is up to 4 cms.

The species is migratory, and occurs in

  • New Zealand,

    and also over most of Australia, including

  • New South Wales,
  • Victoria,
  • South Australia, and
  • Western Australia.


    Further reading :

    George F. Hampson,
    Noctuidae,
    Catalogue of the Lepidoptera Phalaenae in the British Museum,
    Volume 4 (1903), p. 654, No. 1123, and also Plate 77, Figure 27.

    Francis Walker,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 11 (1857), p. 601, No. 98.


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    (updated 13 October 2011)