Dichromodes ainaria (Guenée, [1858])
Common Heath Moth
(one synonym : Cidaria metaxanthata Walker, 1863)
OENOCHROMINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Dichromodes ainaria
(Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Moths of Victoria: Part 4)

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.


male, drawing by Achille Guenée, listed as Dichromodes ainaria,
,
Deltoïdes et Pyralites, Histoire Naturelle des Insectes; Spécies Général des Lépidoptères,
Volume 9, Part 9 (1854), Plate 3, fig. 5,
image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.

The species occurs in

  • New South Wales,
  • Victoria,
  • Tasmania, and
  • South Australia.


    Further reading :

    Achille Guenée,
    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 Marriott,
    Moths of Victoria: Part 4,
    Emeralds and Allies - GEOMETROIDEA (B)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2012, pp. 14-15, 22-23.


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    (written 28 April 2014)