Thalatha melanophrica Turner, 1922
ACRONICTINAE1,   NOCTUIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@yahoo.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Thalatha melanophrica
(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

The forewings of the adult moth have a pattern of black, white, and cream. The hind wings are dark grey-brown, fading toward the bases, with dark veins. The wingspan is about 3 cms.

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

The species has been found in Australia in:

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales, and
  • Victoria.


    Further reading :

    Peter Marriott & Marilyn Hewish,
    Moths of Victoria - Part 9,
    Cutworms and Allies - NOCTUOIDEA (C)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2020, pp. 12-13.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 121.

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    Studies in Australian Lepidoptera,
    Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria,
    Volume 35, Part 1 (1922), p. 36.


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    (written 7 August 2012, updated 16 December 2020)