Paonidia anthracias (Lower, 1897)
Dark Snout
(one synonym is Panilla cautophanes Turner, 1902)
HYPENINAE,   EREBIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Paonidia anthracias
(Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

The adult moth is brown, sometimes very dark, with variable complex markings. Each forewing sometimes has a pair of pale arcs on the costa near the wingtip sometimes edging a dark rounded triangle extending to the wingtip. The wing margins are scalloped. Both sexes have thread-like antennae. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

Paonidia anthracias
underside
(Photo: courtesy of Axel Hausmann, SNSB, Zoologische Staatssammlung Muenchen)

The species has been found in

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales and
  • Victoria.


    Further reading :

    Peter Marriott,
    Moths of Victoria - Part 8,
    Night Moths and Allies - NOCTUOIDEA(B)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2017, pp. 6-7.

    Oswald B. Lower,
    Descriptions of new species of Australian Lepidoptera, with notes on synonymy,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 22, No.1 (1897), pp. 12-13.

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    New Genera and Species of Lepidoptera belonging to the Family Noctuidae,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 27, No.1 (1902), pp. 122-123.


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    (written 16 January 2020)