Argyrolepidia thoracophora (Turner, 1920)
(formerly known as Phalaenoides thoracophora)
AGARISTINAE,   NOCTUIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

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

The adult moths of this species have black forewings, each with white veins and two complete and one incomplete white transverse bands. The hindwings are white with broad black margins. The head is orange. The thorax is orange with black spots. The abdomen is black with an orange tuft at the tip. The wingspan is about 5 cms.

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

The species is found in Australia in

  • Queensland.

    The adult moths curiously resemble those of Vitessa glaucoptera.


    Further reading :

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    Revision of the Australian Noctuidae,
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume 44 (1920), pp. 125-126.


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    (written 21 December 2018)