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Noctuid moth (Noctuidae & Erebidae)Acyphas chionitis

White Tussock Moth at Pine Island to Point Hut

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Acyphas chionitis at Pine Island to Point Hut - 27 Oct 2015
Acyphas chionitis at Pine Island to Point Hut - 27 Oct 2015
Acyphas chionitis at Pine Island to Point Hut - 27 Oct 2015
Acyphas chionitis at Pine Island to Point Hut - 27 Oct 2015

Identification history

Noctuid moth (Noctuidae & Erebidae) Acyphas chionitis 14 Jun 2017 ibaird
Noctuid moth (Noctuidae & Erebidae) Acyphas chionitis 14 Jun 2017 michaelb
Noctuid moth (Noctuidae & Erebidae) Acyphas semiochrea 27 Apr 2017 michaelb

Author's notes

Near the Murrumbidgee River at Pine Island.

6 comments

michaelb wrote:
   27 Apr 2017
It might also be Acyphas chionitis, White Tussock Moth, See:
http://lepidoptera.butterflyhouse.com.au/lyma/chionit.html
ibaird wrote:
   27 Apr 2017
Apparently the females of A. semiochrea are mostly white with the yellow tufted abdomen whereas the males (black feathery antennae) may have the black half to the forewing. Although in the Lepidoptera Houses' account there is uncertainty as to whether the same name may not have been attributed to two species, hence the distinct possibility we might be dealing with A. chionitis here after all.
ibaird wrote:
   27 Apr 2017
I am inclined to think we have A, chionitis here rather than A. semiochrea because if you look at Donald Hobern's images of specimens attributed as A. chionitis on the ALA (from Aranda?) there seem to be specimens of both sexes, however the male specimens have creamy white antennae, not black antennae as shown in A. semiochroa on the Lepidotera Butterfly House website.
ibaird wrote:
   14 Jun 2017
Moths of Victoria, Part 2 Noctuoidea on page 1/4 for A. semiochroa states that the species may be separated from A. chionitis if there is a single black spot on the forewing present in the males. Given there is no black spot visible on the forewing, this specimen can be identified as A. chionitis
   16 Feb 2018
The moth in the photo is a female. This is indicated by body shape with a tufted tip to the abdomen. Acyphas have bipectinate antennae in both males and females, the female pectinations being shorter. The females of both species are plain white, as are the males of chionotis and some of the males of semiochrea. So we can only be certain about the identity of those males that have some black on the forewing. It is tempting to use antennal colour, as in the ANIC collection all and only semiochraea have black antenna and the remainder are light. But I can't confirm this from the type descriptions, and MoV don't seem to use this criterion. The BOLD Bin for semiochraea seems to have only dark antennae, and the one with chionitis has only light antennae (although it has only 5 specimens and there are a lot of other small bins). Overall I suggest we use this criterion on a provisional basis, meaning this specimen stays as chionotis. [There are also suspected undescribed species that are plain white in both sexes, and some small white Euproctis species, to complicate the situation but it seems they have so far only been recorded north of the ACT or at the coast.]
ibaird wrote:
   16 Feb 2018
OK. Agreed. Thanks or the extra information. I've deleted my reference to the antennae which was clearly an heroic assumption.

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Nearby Sightings

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Neolucia agricola (Fringed Heath-blue) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 10 Nov 2018 Pomaderris pallida (Pale pomaderris) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 3 Sep 2016 Discaria pubescens (Hairy anchor plant) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 28 May 2016 Vallisneria australis (Ribbonweed, Eelweed) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 13 Mar 2016 Ulmus procera (English Elm) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 15 Dec 2015 Stellaria pungens (Prickly Starwort) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 27 Oct 2015 Daviesia mimosoides (Bitter Pea) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 27 Oct 2015 Carex breviculmis (Short-stem Sedge) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 27 Oct 2015 Thelymitra sp. (A sun orchid) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 27 Oct 2015 Dianella revoluta var. revoluta (Black-anther Flax Lily) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 27 Oct 2015 Cheilanthes sieberi (Rock fern) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 27 Oct 2015 Oligochaetochilus hamatus (Southern hooked rustyhood) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 27 Oct 2015 Calytrix tetragona (Common fringe-myrtle) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 27 Oct 2015 Dianella longifolia var. longifolia (Pale Flax Lily, Blue Flax Lily) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 27 Oct 2015 Oligochaetochilus hamatus (Southern hooked rustyhood) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 27 Oct 2015 Dichelachne spp. (Plume Grasses) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 20 Nov 2014 Cheilanthes sieberi (Rock fern) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 20 Nov 2014 Thelymitra sp. (A sun orchid) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 20 Nov 2014 Oligochaetochilus hamatus (Southern hooked rustyhood) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 20 Nov 2014 Alternanthera denticulata (Lesser Joyweed) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 20 Nov 2014 Thelymitra sp. (A sun orchid) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 20 Nov 2014 Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 20 Nov 2014 Thelymitra sp. (A sun orchid) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 20 Nov 2014 Oligochaetochilus hamatus (Southern hooked rustyhood) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 20 Nov 2014 Correa reflexa var. reflexa (Common Correa, Native Fuchsia) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 20 Nov 2014 Kunzea ericoides (Burgan) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 20 Nov 2014 Callistemon sieberi (River Bottlebrush) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 20 Nov 2014 Callitris endlicheri (Black cypress pine) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 20 Nov 2014 Bursaria spinosa (Native Blackthorn) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 20 Nov 2014 Oligochaetochilus hamatus (Southern hooked rustyhood) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 20 Nov 2014 Calytrix tetragona (Common fringe-myrtle) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 20 Nov 2014 Lepidosperma laterale (Variable Sword Sedge) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 19 Nov 2014 Acacia rubida (Red-leaved Wattle) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 19 Nov 2014 Lomandra longifolia (Spiny-headed Mat-rush / Honey Reed) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 19 Nov 2014 Microtis sp. (Onion Orchid) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 19 Nov 2014 Cymbopogon refractus (Barbed-Wire Grass) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 19 Nov 2014 Oligochaetochilus hamatus (Southern hooked rustyhood) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 19 Nov 2014 Rytidosperma sp. (Wallaby Grass) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 19 Nov 2014 Oligochaetochilus hamatus (Southern hooked rustyhood) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 19 Nov 2014 Senecio quadridentatus (Cotton Fireweed) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 19 Nov 2014 Austrostipa densiflora (Foxtail Speargrass) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 19 Nov 2014 Oligochaetochilus hamatus (Southern hooked rustyhood) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 19 Nov 2014 Cymbopogon refractus (Barbed-Wire Grass) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 19 Nov 2014 Oligochaetochilus hamatus (Southern hooked rustyhood) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 19 Nov 2014 Oligochaetochilus hamatus (Southern hooked rustyhood) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 19 Nov 2014 Grevillea juniperina (Grevillea) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 19 Nov 2014 Oligochaetochilus hamatus (Southern hooked rustyhood) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 19 Nov 2014 Calytrix tetragona (Common fringe-myrtle) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 19 Nov 2014 Acacia rubida (Red-leaved Wattle) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 19 Nov 2014 Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 25 Nov 2013 Callitris endlicheri (Black cypress pine) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 6 Feb 2008 Cenchrus longispinus (Spiny Burrgrass, Spiny Burrgrass - longispinus) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 5 Feb 2008 Casuarina cunninghamiana subsp. cunninghamiana (River She-oak, River Oak) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 1 Feb 2008 Senna aciphylla (Sprawling Cassia) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 1 Feb 2008 Bertya rosmarinifolia at Pine Island to Point Hut - 1 Feb 2008 Bertya rosmarinifolia at Pine Island to Point Hut - 1 Feb 2008
Neolucia agricola (Fringed Heath-blue) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 10 Nov 2018
Pomaderris pallida (Pale pomaderris) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 3 Sep 2016
Discaria pubescens (Hairy anchor plant) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 28 May 2016
Vallisneria australis (Ribbonweed, Eelweed) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 13 Mar 2016
Ulmus procera (English Elm) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 15 Dec 2015
Stellaria pungens (Prickly Starwort) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 27 Oct 2015
Daviesia mimosoides (Bitter Pea) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 27 Oct 2015
Carex breviculmis (Short-stem Sedge) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 27 Oct 2015
Thelymitra sp. (A sun orchid) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 27 Oct 2015
Dianella revoluta var. revoluta (Black-anther Flax Lily) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 27 Oct 2015
Cheilanthes sieberi (Rock fern) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 27 Oct 2015
Oligochaetochilus hamatus (Southern hooked rustyhood) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 27 Oct 2015
Calytrix tetragona (Common fringe-myrtle) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 27 Oct 2015
Dianella longifolia var. longifolia (Pale Flax Lily, Blue Flax Lily) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 27 Oct 2015
Oligochaetochilus hamatus (Southern hooked rustyhood) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 27 Oct 2015
Dichelachne spp. (Plume Grasses) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 20 Nov 2014
Cheilanthes sieberi (Rock fern) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 20 Nov 2014
Thelymitra sp. (A sun orchid) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 20 Nov 2014
Oligochaetochilus hamatus (Southern hooked rustyhood) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 20 Nov 2014
Alternanthera denticulata (Lesser Joyweed) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 20 Nov 2014
Thelymitra sp. (A sun orchid) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 20 Nov 2014
Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 20 Nov 2014
Thelymitra sp. (A sun orchid) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 20 Nov 2014
Oligochaetochilus hamatus (Southern hooked rustyhood) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 20 Nov 2014
Correa reflexa var. reflexa (Common Correa, Native Fuchsia) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 20 Nov 2014
Kunzea ericoides (Burgan) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 20 Nov 2014
Callistemon sieberi (River Bottlebrush) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 20 Nov 2014
Callitris endlicheri (Black cypress pine) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 20 Nov 2014
Bursaria spinosa (Native Blackthorn) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 20 Nov 2014
Oligochaetochilus hamatus (Southern hooked rustyhood) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 20 Nov 2014
Calytrix tetragona (Common fringe-myrtle) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 20 Nov 2014
Lepidosperma laterale (Variable Sword Sedge) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 19 Nov 2014
Acacia rubida (Red-leaved Wattle) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 19 Nov 2014
Lomandra longifolia (Spiny-headed Mat-rush / Honey Reed) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 19 Nov 2014
Microtis sp. (Onion Orchid) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 19 Nov 2014
Cymbopogon refractus (Barbed-Wire Grass) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 19 Nov 2014
Oligochaetochilus hamatus (Southern hooked rustyhood) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 19 Nov 2014
Rytidosperma sp. (Wallaby Grass) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 19 Nov 2014
Oligochaetochilus hamatus (Southern hooked rustyhood) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 19 Nov 2014
Senecio quadridentatus (Cotton Fireweed) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 19 Nov 2014
Austrostipa densiflora (Foxtail Speargrass) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 19 Nov 2014
Oligochaetochilus hamatus (Southern hooked rustyhood) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 19 Nov 2014
Cymbopogon refractus (Barbed-Wire Grass) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 19 Nov 2014
Oligochaetochilus hamatus (Southern hooked rustyhood) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 19 Nov 2014
Oligochaetochilus hamatus (Southern hooked rustyhood) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 19 Nov 2014
Grevillea juniperina (Grevillea) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 19 Nov 2014
Oligochaetochilus hamatus (Southern hooked rustyhood) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 19 Nov 2014
Calytrix tetragona (Common fringe-myrtle) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 19 Nov 2014
Acacia rubida (Red-leaved Wattle) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 19 Nov 2014
Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 25 Nov 2013
Callitris endlicheri (Black cypress pine) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 6 Feb 2008
Cenchrus longispinus (Spiny Burrgrass, Spiny Burrgrass - longispinus) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 5 Feb 2008
Casuarina cunninghamiana subsp. cunninghamiana (River She-oak, River Oak) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 1 Feb 2008
Senna aciphylla (Sprawling Cassia) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 1 Feb 2008
Bertya rosmarinifolia at Pine Island to Point Hut - 1 Feb 2008
Bertya rosmarinifolia at Pine Island to Point Hut - 1 Feb 2008

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