Eutrichopidia latinus (Donovan, 1805)
(previously known as Phalaena latina)
AGARISTINAE ,   NOCTUIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Eutrichopidia latinus
(Photo: courtesy of Lorna Bloom, Mudgee, New South Wales)

The Caterpillars of this species have been found feeding on :

  • Hoary Guinea Flower ( Hibbertia obtusifolia, DILLENIACEAE ), and
  • Raspwort ( Gonocarpus teucrioides, HALORAGACEAE ).

    Eutrichopidia latinus
    (Specimen: courtesy of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)

    The adult moths of this species are black, with a broad diagonal band across each forewing. This band is varied in colour: anywhere from white through yellow to orange. The hindwings have a white margin containing black dots. The abdomen is tipped with a tuft of orange hairs. The moths have a wingspan of about 4.5 cms.

    Eutrichopidia latinus
    underside
    (Specimen: courtesy of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)

    The species is found along the eastern side of Australia, including:

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


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 22.28, p. 464.

    Edward Donovan,
    General Illustration of Entomology,
    An Epitome of the Natural History of the Insects of New Holland, New Zealand, New Guinea, Otaheite and other Islands in the Indian, Southern and Pacific Oceans,
    Volume 1 (1805), p. 146, and also Plate p. 144.


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    (updated 11 April 2013, 5 January 2017)