Mataeomera dubia Butler, 1886
Variable Scale-moth
(one synonym is Thalpochares pulvinariae Olliff, 1892)
ACONTIINAE,   EREBIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Mataeomera dubia
(Photo: courtesy of Stephen Williams, Moths of Victoria - Part 8)

The adult moth of this species has brown forewings, each with variable patterns which resemble those of other species of Mataeomera, but with a dark area along the costa, and a vague broad dark spot near the middle.

Mataeomera dubia
(Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

The hindwings are plain brown, darkening toward the margins. The wingspan is about 1.5 cms.

Mataeomera dubia
(Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

The species has been found in

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Australian Capital Territory,
  • Victoria,
  • Tasmania,
  • South Australia, and
  • Western Australia.


    Further reading :

    Arthur G. Butler,
    Descriptions of 21 new genera and 103 new species of Lepidoptera Heterocera from the Australian region,
    Transactions of the Entomological Society of London,
    1886, Part 4, p. 418, No. 61.

    Peter Marriott,
    Moths of Victoria - Part 8,
    Night Moths and Allies - NOCTUOIDEA(B)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2017, pp. 28-29.


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    (written 14 January 2020)