Nearcha dasyzona (Lower, 1903)
Grey Nearcha
(previously known as Taxeotis dasyzona)
OENOCHROMINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


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

The adult moths are pale brown with a pattern of dark speckles and spots, an indistinct pale, dark-edged, possibly dotted, submarginal band on each wing, and a row of dark dots along the edge of each wing. The moths typically rest with their wings flat, and the forewings covering the hindwings. The wings of the males have specialised tufts of scales on the undersides. The wingspan is about 2.5 cms.

The species has been found mainly in the dry inland regions of Australia, in

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


    Further reading :

    Oswald B. Lower,
    New Australian Lepidoptera.,
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume 27 (1903), pp. 185-186.

    Peter Marriott,
    Moths of Victoria: Part 4,
    Emeralds and Allies - GEOMETROIDEA (B)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2012, pp. 14-15, 18-19.


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    (updated 30 June 2013)