(one synonym : Agarista tetrapleura Meyrick, 1891)
AGARISTINAE, NOCTUIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA
(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.
The moths have a wingspan of about 4.5 cms.
The species is found in eastern Australia, including
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.
Moths of Victoria - Part 8,
Night Moths and Allies - NOCTUOIDEA(B),
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2017, pp. 34-35.
(updated 21 October 2010)