Thoracolopha verecunda (Walker, 1858)
(formerly known as Proteuxoa verecunda)
ACRONICTINAE2,   NOCTUIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@yahoo.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 near the base and another across the middle of the wing, and also a pair of adjacent patches near the middle: one a dark 'L' shape, and one very pale.


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

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 CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

The specimens like these have been found in

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

    The name Thoracolopha verecunda seems to be applied to moths of several different but similar species. More study is needed to separate, describe, and name them.


    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.

    Peter Marriott & Marilyn Hewish,
    Moths of Victoria - Part 9,
    Cutworms and Allies - NOCTUOIDEA (C)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2020, pp. 6-7, 22-23.

    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, 12 December 2019, 24 December 2020)