Pantydia sparsa Guenée, 1852
(one synonym : Toxocampa orthosiodes Walker, 1865)
Plain Pantydia
CATOCALINAE,   EREBIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
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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 ),
  • Gum Trees ( Eucalyptus species, MYRTACEAE ), 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 edged by a row of black triangles, 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 broad dark band along the margin of the underside of the forewing is diagnostic for this species.

    The species has been found in :

  • Nouvelle-Calédonie,
  • 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, 18 August 2020)