Aquita tactalis (Walker, 1863)
Tactile Tuft-moth
(erroneously : Zia tactilis)
NOLINAE ,   NOLIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Aquita tactalis
(Specimen: courtesy of Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)

These Caterpillars feed on various species of MYRTACEAE, for example :

  • Teatree ( Leptospermum species), and
  • Slender Honey Myrtle ( Melaleuca gibbosa ).

    The adult moth has fawn forewings with an indistinct pattern. It has several areas of raised scales on the wings It has a wingspan of about 3 cms.

    It is found over most of the southern half of Australia, including

  • New South Waes,
  • Victoria,
  • South Australia, and
  • Western Australia.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 47.17, p. 456.

    Peter Marriott,
    Moths of Victoria - Part 2,
    Tiger Moths and Allies - NOCTUOIDEA (A)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2009, pp. 32-33.

    Francis Walker,
    Crambites & Tortricites,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 27 (1863), p. 110, No. 1.


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    (updated 1 March 2011)