(formerly known as Agarista feisthamelii)
AGARISTINAE, NOCTUIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Matthew Frawley, Namadgi National Park, Australian Capital Territory)
The adult moths of this species are black, with white speckles and markings, including a large white 'U' on each forewing, and a white spot near the base. The hindwings are black, each with a huge white half-moon.
The abdomen is yellow, often obscured by black hairs emanating from the segment joints The wing undersides are similar to the upper surfaces, and the wings of the sexes are similar to each other. The wingspan is about 5 cms.
The species is found in Australia in
Further reading :
Gottlieb August Wilhelm Herrich-Schäffer,
Sammlung neuer oder wenig bekannter aussereuropäischer Schmetterlinge,
Verzeichniss der in diesem Werke gelieferten Arten nach Reihenfolge ihrer Veroffentlichung,
Series I, Volume 1, Part 3 (1855), p. 78, No. 25, and Plate 29, Figure 25.
Moths of Victoria - Part 8,
Night Moths and Allies - NOCTUOIDEA(B),
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2017, pp. 34-35.
(written 12 December 2017, updated 9 August 2018)