Acontia thapsina (Turner, 1902)
(formerly known as Hyela thapsina)
ACONTIINAE ,   NOCTUIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Acontia thapsina
(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

The adult moth of this species has yellow forewings, with variable dark brown markings, which in some specimens nearly cover the wings. The hindwings are brown, fading at the base. The moth has a wing span of about 2 cms.

Acontia thapsina
(Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda, Queensland)

The species is found in Australia in

  • Queensland.

    Acontia thapsina
    female, drawing by George Hampson, listed as Tarache xuthota
    ,
    Noctuidæ, Volume X (1910), Plate CLXXII, figure 17,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Phalænæ in the British Museum,
    Image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Ernst Mayr Library, Harvard University.


    Further reading :

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    New Genera and Species of Lepidoptera belonging to the family Noctuidae,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 27 (1902), p. 112.


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    (updated 9 August 2011)