Thallarcha sparsana (Walker, 1863)
Fair Footman
(one synonym : Palene gracilis Butler, 1877)
LITHOSIINAE ,   ARCTIIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
  
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Thallarcha sparsana
(Photo: courtesy of Ian McMillan, Imbil, Queensland)

The adult moth of this species has white forewings with sparse black spots, splotches, and lines. The hindwings are pale brown, each having a black apex, and a black mark midway along the costa.

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

The species occurs along the eastern side of Australia, including:

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

    Thallarcha sparsana
    underside
    (Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)


    Further reading :

    Peter Marriott,
    Moths of Victoria - Part 2,
    Tiger Moths and Allies - NOCTUOIDEA (A)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2009, pp. 20-21, 24-25.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 21.

    Francis Walker,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 28 (1863), p. 369, No. 128.


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    (updated 29 June 2010, 10 February 2013)