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Common Name

Crotalaria pod borer, rattle-pod borer, black spotted moth.

Scientific Name

Argina astrea. Previously known as Argina cribraria. Belongs to a group within the Erebidae, commonly known as 'tiger moths'.

AUTHOR Grahame Jackson & Mani Mua
1Information from Swaine G (1971) Agricultural Zoology in Fiji. Her Majesty's Stationery Office. London; and The moths of Borneo. ( Photo 3 John Hill (2009) Photo of Argina astrea moth with closed wings. (,_Tiger_moth).jpg). Photo 4 Diorit (2011) Unbekannter Schmetterling aus dem Hochland von Madagaskar. (

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