Oenochroma cycnoptera (Lower, 1894)
Dry-country Wine Moth
(one synonym : Oenochroma simplex Warren, 1897)
OENOCHROMINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Oenochroma cycnoptera
(Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Moths of Victoria: Part 4)

The adult moths of this species are brown with a variable dark-edged yellow line from the wingtip to the middle of the inner margin on each forewing. The hindwing are pale brown shading darker towards the margins. The undersides are brown with a big purple spot in the middle of each forewing, particularly in the males. The forewing wingtips are recurved. The wingspan is about 3.5 cms.

The species has been found in

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

    Further reading :

    Oswald B. Lower,
    New Australian Heterocera,
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume 18 (1894), pp. 84-85.

    Peter Marriott,
    Moths of Victoria: Part 4,
    Emeralds and Allies - GEOMETROIDEA (B)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2012, pp. 10-11.


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    (written 5 May 2014)