Dichromodes explanata (Walker, 1861)
Fine-lined Heath Moth
(previously known as Panagra explanata)
OENOCHROMINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Dichromodes explanata
(Photo: courtesy of Brian Cartwright, Adelaide Hills, South Australia)

These Caterpillars have been found feeding on

  • Calytrix involucrata, and
  • Calytrix tetragona,

    both in MYRTACEAE.

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

    The adult moths are brown with various patchy dark markings, including one or two dark-edged pale zig-zag lines across each forewing. The hindwings are plain pale brown. The females have threadlike antennae. The males have monopectinate antennae. The labial palps are held in front of the head. The wingspan is about 2.5 cms.

    The species has been found in :

  • 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. 24-25.

    Francis Walker,
    Geometrites,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 23 (1861), p. 1009, No. 49.


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    (updated 20 June 2013)