Platagarista macleayi (W.S.Macleay, 1864)
(one synonym : Agarista tetrapleura Meyrick, 1891)

AGARISTINAE ,   NOCTUIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
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and
Stella Crossley

Platagarista macleayi
(Specimen: courtesy of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)

The adult moths of this species are black with a diagonal white bar across each wing, and have an abdomen that is black with white bands and has a yellow tuft of hairs on the tip. Male moths of this species are notable because they whistle as they fly.

Platagarista macleayi
underside
(Specimen: courtesy of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)

The moths have a wingspan of about 4.5 cms.

Platagarista macleayi
mating pair
(Photo: courtesy of Andrew Melville, Gosford)

The species is found in eastern Australia, including

  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 49.13, pp.47, 50, 464.

    William Sharp Macleay,
    Descriptions of Australian Micro-lepidoptera. XII,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Series 2, Volume 6, Part 2 (1891), p. 301.


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    (updated 21 October 2010)