Athetis tenuis (Butler, 1886)
Plain Tenuis Moth
(previously known as Radinogoes tenuis)
ACRONICTINAE1,   NOCTUIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@yahoo.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Athetis tenuis
(Photo: courtesy of Brian Cartwright, Adelaide Hills, South Australia)

The adult moth of this species has speckled pale brown forewings, each often with one black and three white spots near the middle. The hindwings are mainly white with brown veins. The metathorax is black. The wingspan is about 2.5 cms.

Athetis tenuis
(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

The species has been found in:

  • New Zealand,

    as well as in Australia in

  • Northern Territory,
  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Australian Capital Territory,
  • Victoria,
  • Tasmania,
  • South Australia, and
  • Western Australia.

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


    Further reading :

    Arthur G. Butler,
    Descriptions of 21 new genera and 103 new species of Lepidoptera Heterocera from the Australian region,
    Transactions of the Entomological Society of London,
    1886, Part 4, p. 394, No. 20.

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


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    (updated 25 March 2011, 3 May 2019, 19 December 2020, 14 February 2021)