(also known as Lygephila fallax)
CATOCALINAE, EREBIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Aranda, Australian Capital Territory)
Overseas, the Caterpillars of the related species Tathorhynchus exsiccata feed on plants in FABACEAE, including
The adult moth of Tathorhynchus fallax is fawn, with forewings that each have dark margins, and near the middle have a small pale spot joined by dark line to a small pale-outlined kidney-shaped spot. The hindwings are plain fawn. The moth has a wingspan of about 4 cms.
The species may be found over much of Australia, including
as well as in
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.
Moths of Victoria - Part 8,
Night Moths and Allies - NOCTUOIDEA(B),
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2017, pp. 12-13.
On Indian and Australian moths,
The Annals and Magazine of Natural History,
Series 7, Volume 9 (1902), pp. 423-424.
(updated 6 August 2011, 8 October 2018)