Thallarcha rhaptophora Lower, 1915
Desert Footman
LITHOSIINAE ,   ARCTIIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
  
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Thallarcha rhaptophora
(Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Big Desert, Victoria, Moths of Victoria: Part 2)

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

Thallarcha rhaptophora
(Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Big Desert, Victoria, Moths of Victoria: Part 2)

The species has been found in :

  • Victoria,
  • South Australia,, and
  • Western Australia.


    Further reading :

    Oswald B. Lower,
    The Lepidoptera of Broken Hill, New South Wales: Pt I,
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume 39 (1915), p. 360, No. 20.

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


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    (written 11 July 2013)