Allata indistincta (Rothschild, 1917)
(formerly known as Spatalia indistincta)
NOTODONTINAE,   NOTODONTIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


male
(Photo: courtesy of Matthew Connors, Townsville, Queensland)

The Caterpillars of this species are thought to be smooth and dark with yellow spiracles, and large coloured lump on the last segment. They are thought to feed on various plants in FABACEAE.

The caterpillars pupate in a silky cocoon between leaves of the foodplant.

The adult moths have dark brown wings that have a variable complex pattern. The males have two angular white patches on each forewing. The females have a broad pale streak on each forewing. Both sexes have forewing hind margins each have two concave arcs. The hindwings are pale brown. The wingspan is about 7 cms.


female
(Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

The species has been found in

  • Queensland.


    male
    (Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)


    Further reading :

    Lionel Walter Rothschild,
    On some apparently new Notodontidae,
    Novitates Zoologicae,
    Volume 24 (1917), p. 231.


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    (written 22 October 2018)