Tathorhynchus fallax Swinhoe, 1902
Double-spotted Snout
CATOCALINAE,   EREBIDAE,   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.

    Peter Marriott,
    Moths of Victoria - Part 8,
    Night Moths and Allies - NOCTUOIDEA(B)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2017, pp. 12-13.

    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)