Dichromodes estigmaria (Walker, 1861)
Pale Grey Heath Moth
(one synonym : Dichromodes tritospila Turner, 1943)
OENOCHROMINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Dichromodes estigmaria
(Photo: courtesy of Mark Heath, Perth, Western Australia)

The adult moths of this species have forewings that are greyish brown, each with two larger black marks on the costa, a complex black and brown mark in the middle. The hindwings are plain grey-brown. The moths normally rest with the forewings covering the hindwings. The females have threadlike antennae. The males have antennae with a feather-like fringe on one side. The wingspan is about 2.5 cms.

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

Th species has been found in

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

    Dichromodes estigmaria
    underside (oops : no abdomen)
    (Photo: courtesy of Olga Schmidt, Queensland Museum)


    Further Reading

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

    Olga Schmidt,
    An annotated and illustrated list of the primary type specimens of geometrid moths deposited in the Queensland Museum (Australia, Brisbane),
    Spixiana,
    Volume 5, Part 1 (2012), pp. 79-100, Figs. 48 a,b.

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    New species of Lepidoptera from the Barnard collection,
    Memoirs of the Queensland Museum,
    Volume 12, Part 2 (1943), p. 108.

    Francis Walker,
    Geometrites,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 23 (1861), p. 1001, No. 33.


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    (updated 20 June 2013)