Thalaina macfarlandi (Wilson, 1972)
McFarland's Satin Moth
(formerly known as Thalainodes macfarlandi)
NACOPHORINI,   ENNOMINAE,   GEOMETRIDAE,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@yahoo.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of Elizabeth Saunders, Watarrka, Northern Territory)

The Caterpillars of this species are thought to feed on

  • Wattles (Acacia species, MIMOSACEAE).

    The adult moths have white wings, with each forewing having a large brown 'W', as well as brown lines around most of the edges. The hindwings each have two black patches. The wingspan is about 4 cms.


    (Photo: courtesy of Ethan Beaver, Hale, Northern Territory)

    The species has been found in

  • Northern Territory, and
  • New South Wales.


    Further reading :

    Peter B. McQuillan, Jan A. Forrest, David Keane, & Roger Grund,
    Caterpillars, moths, and their plants of Southern Australia,
    Butterfly Conservation South Australia Inc., Adelaide (2019), pp. 128-129.

    James Otto Wilson,
    A new species of Thalainodes (Lepidoptera: Geometridae-Ennominae) from central Australia
    Memoirs of the National Museum of Victoria, Melbourne,
    Volume 33 (1972), pp. 123-124.


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    (written 15 May 2017, updated 14 May 2021)