Thoracolopha verecunda (Walker, 1858)
(formerly known as Proteuxoa verecunda)
AMPHIPYRINAE,   NOCTUIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of Cathy Powers, Brisbane Ranges, Victoria)

The adult moth of this species has grey or brown forewings each of which shade darker towards the margin. Each forewing has a wavy dark transverse line at the base and across the middle of the wing, and also a pair of big patches near the middle: one dark and one pale brown. The hindwings are grey-brown shading darker towards the wingtips sometimes with a vague dark spot near the middle. The wingspan is about 2.5 cms.


(Photo: courtesy of Cathy Powers, Brisbane Ranges, Victoria)

The species has been found in

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


    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.

    Francis Walker,
    Noctuidae,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 15 (1858), p. 1691.


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    (written 30 January 2017, updated 28 June 2018)