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Noctuoid moths (except Arctiinae)Acyphas chionitis

White Tussock Moth at Pine Island to Point Hut

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Acyphas chionitis at Pine Island to Point Hut - 28 Oct 2015
Acyphas chionitis at Pine Island to Point Hut - 28 Oct 2015
Acyphas chionitis at Pine Island to Point Hut - 28 Oct 2015
Acyphas chionitis at Pine Island to Point Hut - 28 Oct 2015

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Near the Murrumbidgee River at Pine Island.

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wrote:
   27 Apr 2017
It might also be Acyphas chionitis, White Tussock Moth, See:
http://lepidoptera.butterflyhouse.com.au/lyma/chionit.html
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.
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.
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.]
ibairdBulk Reporter - ibaird has reported over 100 sightings!Founding Explorer - ibaird joined us in 2014! 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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Diplacodes haematodes (Scarlet Percher) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 19 Feb 2020 by SWishart
Hypericum perforatum (St John's Wort) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 6 Feb 2020 by michaelb
Neolucia agricola (Fringed Heath-blue) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 10 Nov 2018 by PeterR
Pomaderris pallida (Pale pomaderris) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 3 Sep 2016 by Darren
Discaria pubescens (Hairy anchor plant) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 28 May 2016 by LukeMcElhinney
Vallisneria australis (Ribbonweed, Eelweed) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 13 Mar 2016 by michaelb
Ulmus procera (English Elm) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 15 Dec 2015 by michaelb
Stellaria pungens (Prickly Starwort) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 27 Oct 2015 by michaelb
Daviesia mimosoides (Bitter Pea) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 27 Oct 2015 by michaelb
Carex breviculmis (Short-stem Sedge) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 27 Oct 2015 by michaelb
Thelymitra sp. (A sun orchid) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 27 Oct 2015 by michaelb
Dianella revoluta var. revoluta (Black-anther Flax Lily) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 27 Oct 2015 by michaelb
Cheilanthes sieberi (Rock fern) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 27 Oct 2015 by michaelb
Oligochaetochilus hamatus (Southern hooked rustyhood) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 27 Oct 2015 by michaelb
Calytrix tetragona (Common fringe-myrtle) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 27 Oct 2015 by michaelb
Dianella longifolia var. longifolia (Pale Flax Lily, Blue Flax Lily) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 27 Oct 2015 by michaelb
Oligochaetochilus hamatus (Southern hooked rustyhood) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 27 Oct 2015 by michaelb
Dichelachne spp. (Plume Grasses) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 20 Nov 2014 by michaelb
Cheilanthes sieberi (Rock fern) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 20 Nov 2014 by michaelb
Thelymitra sp. (A sun orchid) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 20 Nov 2014 by michaelb
Oligochaetochilus hamatus (Southern hooked rustyhood) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 20 Nov 2014 by michaelb
Alternanthera denticulata (Lesser Joyweed) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 20 Nov 2014 by michaelb
Thelymitra sp. (A sun orchid) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 20 Nov 2014 by michaelb
Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 20 Nov 2014 by michaelb
Thelymitra sp. (A sun orchid) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 20 Nov 2014 by michaelb
Oligochaetochilus hamatus (Southern hooked rustyhood) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 20 Nov 2014 by michaelb
Correa reflexa var. reflexa (Common Correa, Native Fuchsia) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 20 Nov 2014 by michaelb
Kunzea ericoides (Burgan) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 20 Nov 2014 by michaelb
Callistemon sieberi (River Bottlebrush) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 20 Nov 2014 by michaelb
Callitris endlicheri (Black cypress pine) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 20 Nov 2014 by michaelb
Bursaria spinosa (Native Blackthorn) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 20 Nov 2014 by michaelb
Oligochaetochilus hamatus (Southern hooked rustyhood) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 20 Nov 2014 by michaelb
Calytrix tetragona (Common fringe-myrtle) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 20 Nov 2014 by michaelb
Lepidosperma laterale (Variable Sword Sedge) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 19 Nov 2014 by michaelb
Acacia rubida (Red-leaved Wattle) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 19 Nov 2014 by michaelb
Lomandra longifolia (Spiny-headed Mat-rush / Honey Reed) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 19 Nov 2014 by michaelb
Microtis sp. (Onion Orchid) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 19 Nov 2014 by michaelb
Cymbopogon refractus (Barbed-Wire Grass) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 19 Nov 2014 by michaelb
Oligochaetochilus hamatus (Southern hooked rustyhood) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 19 Nov 2014 by michaelb
Rytidosperma sp. (Wallaby Grass) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 19 Nov 2014 by michaelb
Oligochaetochilus hamatus (Southern hooked rustyhood) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 19 Nov 2014 by michaelb
Senecio quadridentatus (Cotton Fireweed) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 19 Nov 2014 by michaelb
Austrostipa densiflora (Foxtail Speargrass) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 19 Nov 2014 by michaelb
Oligochaetochilus hamatus (Southern hooked rustyhood) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 19 Nov 2014 by michaelb
Cymbopogon refractus (Barbed-Wire Grass) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 19 Nov 2014 by michaelb
Oligochaetochilus hamatus (Southern hooked rustyhood) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 19 Nov 2014 by michaelb
Oligochaetochilus hamatus (Southern hooked rustyhood) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 19 Nov 2014 by michaelb
Grevillea juniperina (Grevillea) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 19 Nov 2014 by michaelb
Oligochaetochilus hamatus (Southern hooked rustyhood) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 19 Nov 2014 by michaelb
Calytrix tetragona (Common fringe-myrtle) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 19 Nov 2014 by michaelb
Acacia rubida (Red-leaved Wattle) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 19 Nov 2014 by michaelb
Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 25 Nov 2013 by michaelb
Callitris endlicheri (Black cypress pine) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 6 Feb 2008 by LukeJ
Cenchrus longispinus (Spiny Burrgrass, Spiny Burrgrass - longispinus) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 5 Feb 2008 by LukeJ
Casuarina cunninghamiana subsp. cunninghamiana (River She-oak, River Oak) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 1 Feb 2008 by LukeJ
Senna aciphylla (Sprawling Cassia) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 1 Feb 2008 by LukeJ
Bertya rosmarinifolia at Pine Island to Point Hut - 1 Feb 2008 by LukeJ
Bertya rosmarinifolia at Pine Island to Point Hut - 1 Feb 2008 by LukeJ

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Species information

  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 1 - 3 Abundance
  • Kunzea ericoides Associated plant
  • 12mm to 25mm Animal size
  • 27 Oct 2015 Recorded on
  • michaelb Recorded by

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