Thallarcha jocularis (Rosenstock, 1885)
The Jester
(previously known as Mosoda jocularis)
LITHOSIINAE ,   ARCTIIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
  
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Thallarcha jocularis
(Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Moths of Victoria: Part 2)

This Caterpillar has been found eating

  • Fragrant Doubletail ( Diuris fragrantissima, ORCHIDACEAE ).

    Thallarcha jocularis
    (Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Moths of Victoria: Part 2)

    The adult moths of this species have pale yellow forewings with black zigzag lines and markings, and a dark yellow line along the inner margin. The hindwings are yellow, each with a black mark near the middle, and a black band around the wingtip. The head and thorax are black with white markings. The abdomen is yellow. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

    The species has been found in :

  • New South Wales,
  • Victoria, and
  • Tasmania.


    Further reading :

    Peter Marriott,
    Moths of Victoria - Part 2,
    Tiger Moths and Allies - NOCTUOIDEA (A)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2009,, pp. 24-25.

    Rudolph Rosenstock,
    Notes on Australian Lepidoptera, with descriptions of new species,
    Annals and Magazine of Natural History,
    Volume 5, Part 16 (1885), pp. 381-382, No. 224, and also Plate 11, fig. 6.


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    (written 11 July 2013)