Agaristodes feisthamelii (Herrich-Schaffer, 1853)
Alpine Day-moth
(formerly known as Agarista feisthamelii)
AGARISTINAE,   NOCTUIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Agaristodes feisthamelii
(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 what looks like the remains of a large white 'W' on each forewing, overlapped by a large obtuse black triangle along the inner margin. The hindwings are black, each with a huge white half-moon.

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

The species is found in Australia in

  • New South Wales,
  • Australian Capital Territory, and
  • Victoria.

    Agaristodes feisthamelii
    drawing by 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, Plate 29, Figure 25,
    image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Ernst Mayr Library, Harvard University.


    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.

    Peter Marriott,
    Moths of Victoria - Part 8,
    Night Moths and Allies - NOCTUOIDEA(B)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2017, pp. 34-35.


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    (written 12 December 2017)