Thalaina kimba McQuillan, 1981
Grey-and-white Satin Moth
NACOPHORINI ,   ENNOMINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Cathy Young & Stella Crossley


(Photo: copyright Cathy Young)

The caterpillars of this species are thought to feed on phyllodinous Wattles such as :

  • Sickle Wattle ( Acacia falcata ), and
  • Golden Wattle ( Acacia pycnantha ).


    male
    (Photo: courtesy of Marilyn Hewish, Moths of Victoria: Part 5)

    The adult moths are white, with a broad diffuse brown markings on the forewings. The hindwings are white, each having a complex broad black submarginal patch. The wingspan is about 4 cms.


    (Photo: copyright Cathy Young)

    The species occurs in mallee habitats in

  • western New South Wales,
  • Victoria,
  • South Australia, and'
  • south-eastern Western Australia

    . The adults fly during late April to early May.


    Further reading :

    Marilyn Hewish,
    Moths of Victoria: Part 5 - Satin Moths and Allies - GEOMETROIDEA (A),
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2014, pp. 28-29.

    Peter B. McQuillan,
    A review of the Australian moth genus Thalaina (Lepidoptera: Geometridae: Ennominae),
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume 105, Issue 1 (1981) pp. 1-23.


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    (updated 16 August 2008)