Thallarcha partita (Walker, 1869)
(one synonym : Pitane amanda R. Felder & Rogenhofer, 1875)
LITHOSIINAE ,   ARCTIIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
  
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Thallarcha partita
(Photo: courtesy of Laura Levens, Upper Beaconsfield, Victoria)

The moth of this species has yellow wings with black stripes across the forewings, and a black margin around each hindwing, It has a wingspan of about 2 cms.

Thallarcha partita
male, drawing by Felder & Rogenhofer, listed as Pitane amanda
,
Reise der Osterreichischen Fregatte Novara,
Band 2, Abtheilung 2 (5) (1875), Plate CXL, fig. 36,
image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.

The species occurs along the south-east of Australia, including:

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

    Thallarcha partita
    close-up of head
    (Photo: courtesy of Laura Levens, Upper Beaconsfield, Victoria)


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 18.13, p. 437.

    Rudolf Felder & Alois F. Rogenhofer,
    Zoologischer Theil: Lepidoptera,
    Reise der Osterreichischen Fregatte Novara,
    Band 2, Abtheilung 2 (5) (1875), p. 16, and also Plate 140, fig. 36.

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

    Francis Walker,
    Characters of undescribed Lepidoptera Heterocera,
    E.W. Janson, London, 1869, pp. 64-65, No. 2.


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    (updated 21 April 2012, 10 June 2014)