Tathorhynchus fallax Swinhoe, 1902
CATOCALINAE ,   NOCTUIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Aranda, Australian Capital Territory)

The Caterpillar of species related to this overseas feed on :

  • Alfalfa/Lucerne ( Medicago sativa, FABACEAE ).


    (Specimen: courtesy of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)

    The adult moth is fawn with dark wing margins. It has a wing span of about 4 cms.

    The species may be found over much of Australia, including

  • Northern Territory,
  • Queensland,
  • Norfolk Island,
  • New South Wales,
  • Australian Capital Territory,
  • Victoria,
  • Tasmania,
  • South Australia, and
  • Western Australia,

    as well as in

  • New Zealand.

    Some taxonomists consider it to be a subspecies of Tathorhynchus exsiccata which is found in North America, Africa, Europe, and Asia.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 45.1, p. 452.

    Charles Swinhoe,
    On Indian and Australian moths,
    The Annals and Magazine of Natural History,
    Series 7, Volume 9 (1902), pp. 423-424.


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    (updated 6 August 2011)