Thoracolopha acontoura (Lower, 1915)
Spotless Thoracolopha
(previously known as Omphaletis acontoura)
AMPHIPYRINAE,   NOCTUIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Thoracolopha acontoura
female
(Photo: copyright of Brett and Marie Smith at Ellura Sanctuary, South Australia)

The adult moths of this species have grey forewings usually with two short dark brown streaks: one at the base and one near the middle.

Thoracolopha acontoura
male
(Photo: copyright of Brett and Marie Smith at Ellura Sanctuary, South Australia)

In the males, the streaks are edged with rusty brown. The hindwings of both sexes are off-white, shading to pale brown at the margins. The wingspan is about 3 cms.

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

The species has been found in Australia in:

  • New South Wales,
  • South Australia, and
  • Western Australia.

    Thoracolopha acontoura
    female, underside
    (Photo: copyright of Brett and Marie Smith at Ellura Sanctuary, South Australia)


    Further reading :

    Bobbie Hitchcock, Edward Edwards, and Andrew Mitchell,
    Integrating dots and spots with COI sequence data reinstates Thoracolopha Turner, 1939 (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae), for 13 Australian species formerly in Proteuxoa Hampson, 1903,
    Austral Entomology,
    October 2017.

    Oswald B. Lower,
    The Lepidoptera of Broken Hill, New South Wales Pt I,
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume 39 (1915), p. 365, No. 71.


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    (written 26 April 2018, updated 27 June 2018)