Common Heath Moth
(one synonym : Cidaria metaxanthata Walker, 1863)
OENOCHROMINAE, GEOMETRIDAE, GEOMETROIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Owen Holton, Tuggeranong Hill, Australian Capital Territory)
The adult moths of this species have forewings that are brown, with zig-zag markings bounding areas of different shades. The hindwings are yellow with broad brown margins. The females have threadlike antennae. The males have antennae with a feather-like fringe on one side. The wingspan is about 2 cms.
The species occurs in
Further reading :
Deltoïdes et Pyralites,
in Boisduval & Guenée: Histoire Naturelle des Insectes; Spécies Général des Lépidoptères,
Volume 9, Part 10 (1858), p. 321, No. 504, and also Plate 3, fig. 5.
Peter B. McQuillan, Jan A. Forrest, David Keane, & Roger Grund,
Caterpillars, moths, and their plants of Southern Australia,
Butterfly Conservation South Australia Inc., Adelaide (2019), p. 132.
Moths of Victoria: Part 4,
Emeralds and Allies - GEOMETROIDEA (B),
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2012, pp. 14-15, 22-23.
(written 28 April 2014, updated 13 January 2019, 9 December 2020)