Taxeotis exsectaria (Walker, 1861)
Ochre-headed Taxeotis
(previously known as Panagra exsectaria)
OENOCHROMINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Taxeotis exsectaria
(Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Aranda, Australian Capital Territory)

The adult moths of this species are greyish brown. The wings each have two dark marginal lines, and some black dots. The head is rusty-red. The wingspan is about 1.5 cms. In their natural resting pose, the moths hold their wings flat, with the forewings covering the hindwings. The males and the females in this genus both have thread-like antennae.

The species has been found in

  • Australian Capital Territory,
  • 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. 16-17.

    Francis Walker,
    Geometrites,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 23 (1861), p. 1011, No. 54.


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    (updated 30 June 2013)