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guide to the mangroves of singapore
Peter K L Ng and N Sivasothi (editors)
Tide-watching mangrove moth
Aucha velans
Family Noctuidae

Adult wingspan:
28-35 mm

The larvae are restricted to, and are edge-feeders of Avicennia spp. When mature, they descend to the ground via threads and pupate inter-tidally under rotting timber or in algal mats.

close-up of adult (dull grey)
Adult A. velans moth
on a tree trunk, typically facing the ground

close-up of adult (lighter, more patterned)
The more patterned
A. villiana, another
close-up of pinned adult
Adult moth, dorsal view
of pinned specimen

close-up of larva
The adults are a characteristic feature of Southeast Asian Avicennia mangroves, perching head down on tree-trunks, as if watching out for the rising tide!
A similar but more patterned moth also found here is Aucha villiana.

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From "A Guide to Mangroves of Singapore", Peter K. L. Ng and N. Sivasothi (editors)
Volume 1: The Ecosystem and Plant Diversity and Volume 2: Animal Diversity
Authors: Kelvin K. P. Lim, Dennis H. Murphy, T. Morgany, N. Sivasothi, Peter K. L. Ng,
B. C. Soong, Hugh T. W. Tan, K. S. Tan & T. K. Tan
BP Guide to Nature Series published by the Singapore Science Centre, sponsored by British Petroleum
2001 Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research, The National University of Singapore & The Singapore Science Centre