Dirce lunaris (Meyrick, 1890)
(previously known as Oenone lunaris)
ARCHIEARINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Cathy Young & Stella Crossley


(Photo: copyright Catherine J. Young)

The Caterpillars of this species are brown on top and yellow underneath, with grey patches along the sides.


(Photo: copyright Catherine J. Young)

The adult moths have forewings that are dark brown with a white speckled pattern of bands and lines. The hindwings are white with a black border. The wingspan is about 2 cms.


(Photo: copyright Catherine J. Young)

The eggs are smooth and oval. Initially they are white, and turn red as they approach hatching.


(Photo: copyright Catherine J. Young)

The species occurs in Australia only in

  • Tasmania.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, p. 364.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Revision of Australian Lepidoptera III,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Series 2, Volume 4, Part 4 (1890), pp. 1195-1196, No. 64.


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    (updated 21 June 2005)