Dichromodes anelictis Meyrick, 1890
Dry-country Heath Moth
OENOCHROMINAE,   GEOMETRIDAE,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

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

The adult moths of this species are brown, but the males and females have different patterns

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

The females are greyish, and have prominent long dark mark halfway along the costa of each forewing. The hindwings are plain fawn. The females have threadlike antennae.

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

The males are browner and have a broad dark jagged band across each forewing. The hindwings are plain brown. The males have antennae that have a comb-like fringe on one side. The wingspan of both sexes is about 2 cms.

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

The species occurs in the inland dryer regions of

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


    Further reading :

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

    Edward Meyrick,
    Revision of Australian Lepidoptera III,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Series 2, Volume 4, Part 4 (1890), pp. 1172-1173, No. 34.


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    (written 28 April 2014)