Nola irenica (Meyrick, 1886)
Pale Tuft-moth
(one synonym : Sorocostia leuconephes Turner, 1944)
NOLINAE ,   NOLIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Nola irenica
(Photo: courtesy of Moths of Victoria: part 2)

The adult moth of this species is grey with irregular dark bands across each forewing. The hindwings are pale fawn. The moth has a wingspan of about 2 cms. The sexes are similar.

Nola irenica
male, drawing by George F. Hampson, listed as Celama irenica,

Catalogue of the Arctiadæ (Nolinæ, Lithosianæ) in the Collection of the British Museum,
Catalogue of the Lepidoptera Phalænæ in the British Museum,
Volume II (1900), Plate XVIII, fig. 28,
image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.

This species is found in

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Victoria,
  • Tasmania, and
  • South Australia.


    Further reading :

    George F. Hampson,
    Catalogue of the Arctiadae (Nolinae, Lithosianae) in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Catalogue of the Lepidoptera Phalaenae in the British Museum,
    Volume 2 (1900), pp. 29-30, No. 55, and also Plate 18, fig. 28.

    Peter Marriott,
    Moths of Victoria: part 2,,
    Tiger Moths and their Allies - Noctuoidea (A)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2009, pp. 34-35.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of Australian Micro-Lepidoptera: Part XI,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Series 2, Volume 1, Part 3 (1886), pp. 720-721.


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    (updated 6 July 2013)