Thoracolopha nycteris (Turner, 1908)
(formerly known as Proteuxoa nycteris)
ACRONICTINAE2,   NOCTUIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@yahoo.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Proteuxoa nycteris
(Photo: courtesy of Andrew Mitchell, Australian Museum)

The adult moth of this species has brown forewings each with variable dark markings including a vague outlined crescent containing a vague dark 'L' shape which contains a pale spot. The hindwings are pale brown. The wingspan is about 3.5 cms.

Proteuxoa nycteris
(Photo: courtesy of the Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

The species has been found in:

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Victoria,
  • Tasmania,
  • South Australia, and
  • Western Australia.

    Proteuxoa nycteris
    underside
    (Photo: courtesy of John Bromilow, Ainslie, Australian Capital Territory)


    Further reading :

    Bobbie Hitchcock, Edward Edwards, & 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, 2 October 2017.

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    New Australian Lepidoptera of the families Noctuidae and Pyralidae,
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume 32 (1908), p. 60.


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    (written 7 March 2019, updated 22 December 2020)