(formerly known as Proteuxoa verecunda)
ACRONICTINAE2, NOCTUIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA
(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.
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.
The specimens like these have been found in
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.
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,
Peter Marriott & Marilyn Hewish,
Moths of Victoria - Part 9,
Cutworms and Allies - NOCTUOIDEA (C),
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2020, pp. 6-7, 22-23.
List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
Part 15 (1858), p. 1691.
(written 30 January 2017, updated 28 June 2018, 12 December 2019, 24 December 2020)