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Trichiocercus sparshalli

Sparshall's Moth at Kaleen, ACT

Trichiocercus sparshalli at Kaleen, ACT - 23 Dec 2019
Trichiocercus sparshalli at Kaleen, ACT - 23 Dec 2019
Trichiocercus sparshalli at Kaleen, ACT - 23 Dec 2019
Trichiocercus sparshalli at Kaleen, ACT - 23 Dec 2019
Trichiocercus sparshalli at Kaleen, ACT - 23 Dec 2019
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Identification history

Trichiocercus sparshalli 24 Dec 2019 donhe
Trichiocercus sparshalli 23 Dec 2019 ibaird
Unidentified 23 Dec 2019 AlisonMilton

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A tussock moth but not sure which one. I suspect male and female about to mate.

10 comments

donhe wrote:
   24 Dec 2019
Why is T. sparshalli listed as a 'Bombyx' in 'Other Moths'?
It is in Noctuoidea.
ibaird wrote:
   24 Dec 2019
I understood Trichiocercus sparshalli is in the family Notodontidae and yes, in the superfamily Noctuoidae, but not in the family Noctuidae which we have grouped together with Erebidae in our CNM classification of species., so I would have thought Other Moths is appropriate.
donhe wrote:
   24 Dec 2019
It certainly is not in Bombycoidea. 'Long Tailed Bombyx' is totally inappropriate. Can we follow MOV's more sensible common name of 'Sparshall's Moth'.
Anyway lots of other Notodontids like Epicoma and Neola sp. are in Nocts+ Erebs.
I think it would be convenient if all the Notos were in the same list.
Indeed, Thaumetopoeinae is listed in Nocts +Erebs, and T. sparshalli is in Thaumetopoeinae,
so T. sparshalli should be in Nocts+Erebs too.
   24 Dec 2019
Absolutely agree that ALL noctuoid moths should be under the one grouping in CNM. Another example is Uraba (Nolidae) which IS currently under "Noctuid moths (Noctuidae & Erebidae)". Suggest the grouping should be changed to "Noctuoid moths".
ibaird wrote:
   24 Dec 2019
I agree that all the Noctuoid moths should be in the one grouping (to correct the current taxonomic inconsistencies), but only, in my opinion, if the correct families and genera of the superfamily Noctuoidae are all included i.e. this means the following families: Erebidae, Euteliidae, Noctuidae, Nolidae, Notodontidae and Oenosandridae.
   24 Dec 2019
Hence the term "Noctuoid" rather than "Noctuid" in my previous comment.
   24 Dec 2019
Is there some way of amending/correcting the location? This was along Belconnen Way, nowhere near Kaleen.
ibaird wrote:
   24 Dec 2019
Alison, its probably a programming error, so I think the Locational descriptor anomaly i.e. re 'Kaleen' should be reported via the Technical Support facility available under the 'Support' tab above .
   25 Dec 2019
Actually, it's a common Google map problem. Not sure of the solution apart from reporting to Google Map.
Mike wrote:
   25 Dec 2019
Similar to ANBG being in Hackett.

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