Thallarcha staurocola (Meyrick, 1886)
Patched Footman
(formerly known as Comarchis staurocola)
LITHOSIINAE,   ARCTIIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
  
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Thallarcha staurocola
male
(Photo: courtesy of Ken Harris, Moths of Victoria: Part 2)

The adult moths of this species have white and pale yellow forewings, crossed by broad broken brown zigzag stripes. The hindwings are pale yellow darkening towards the wingtips. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

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

The species has been found in :

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

    Thallarcha staurocola
    male, drawing by George F. Hampson
    ,
    Catalogue of the Arctiadæ (Nolinæ, Lithosianæ) in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Catalogue of the Lepidoptera Phalænæ in the British Museum,
    Volume II (1900), Plate XXXIII, Figure 14,
    image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.


    Further reading:

    George F. Hampson,
    Catalogue of the Arctiadae (Arctianae) and Agaristidae in the British Museum,
    Catalogue of the Lepidoptera Phalaenae in the British Museum,
    Volume 2 (1900), pp. 504-505, and also Figure 14, Plate 33.

    Peter Marriott,
    Moths of Victoria - Part 2, 2nd edition,
    Tiger Moths and Allies - NOCTUOIDEA (A)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2014, pp. 24-25.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Revision of Australian Lepidoptera I,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Series 2, Volume 1, Part 3 (1886), pp. 743-744.


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    (written 3 February 2015, updated 16 May 2018)