Pantydia sparsa Guenée, 1852
(one synonym : Toxocampa orthosiodes Walker, 1865)
Plain Pantydia
CATOCALINAE,   EREBIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Pantydia sparsa
(Photo: courtesy of Laura Levens, Upper Beaconsfield, Victoria)

The caterpillars of this species have been found feeding on many different plants, including:

  • Alfalfa/Lucerne ( Medicago sativa, FABACEAE ),
  • Egg & Bacon Pea ( Dillwynia ericifolia, FABACEAE ), and
  • Leafless Ballart ( Exocarpos aphyllus, SANTALACEAE ).

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

    The adult moth has fawn forewings, each with variable dark markings: including a dark-edged pale submarginal line, and sometimes a black mark near the base. The hindwings are fawn shading to a dark margin, with a vague submarginal band. The head appears to have a black collar. The males have a bunch of pale eversible hairs on the tip of the abdomen. The moth has a wing span of about 4 cms.

    Pantydia sparsa
    underside
    (Photo: courtesy of Laura Levens, Upper Beaconsfield, Victoria)

    The species has been found in :

  • New Zealand,

    as well as widely in Australia, including:

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


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 44.19, p. 450.

    Achille Guenée,
    Noctuélites,
    in Boisduval & Guenée:
    Histoire naturelle des insectes; spécies général des lépidoptères,
    Volume 9, Part 6, Tome 2 (1852), p. 437, No. 1308.

    Peter Marriott,
    Moths of Victoria - Part 8,
    Night Moths and Allies - NOCTUOIDEA(B)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2017, pp. 10-11, 22-23.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 148.


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    (updated 28 July 2013, 23 February 2019)