Agrotis radians Guenée, 1852
(one synonym : Agrotis repanda Walker, 1857)
NOCTUINAE ,   NOCTUIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Agrotis radians
(Photo: courtesy of Wendy Moore, Melbourne, Victoria)

The adult moth has brown forewings with zig-zag patterns along the margins, and a dumb-bell mark in the centre of each wing. The hind wings are buff, darkening to the margin, with dark veins. It has a wingspan of about 4 cms.

Agrotis radians
male, drawing by George Francis Hampson, listed as Euxoa radians,

Catalogue of Lepidoptera Phalænæ in the British Museum,
Noctuidæ, Volume IV (1903), Plate LX, figure 7,
image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Ernst Mayr Library, Harvard University.

The species is found in Australia in:

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

    Agrotis radians
    male, drawing by George Francis Hampson, listed as Euxoa repanula,

    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Phalænæ in the British Museum,
    Noctuidæ, Volume IV (1903), Plate LX, figure 6,
    image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Ernst Mayr Library, Harvard University.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    The Australian Cutworms of the genus Agrotis (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae),
    Australian Journal of Zoology,
    Volume 6 (1958), Number 1, pp. 69 - 88

    Achille Guenée,
    Noctuélites,
    in Boisduval & Guenée:
    Histoire naturelle des insectes; spécies général des lépidoptères,
    Volume 9, Part 5, Section 1 (1852), p. 261, No. 416.


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    (updated 15 April 2013, 14 April 2017)