Antasia flavicapitata (Guenée, [1858])
Yellow-headed Heath Moth
(one synonym : Darantasia mundiferaria Walker, 1863)
OENOCHROMINAE,   GEOMETRIDAE,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Antasia flavicapitata
(Photo: courtesy of Alison Milton, Mulligans Flat, Australian Capital Territory)

The adult moths of this species have brown forewings, each having two dark-edged pale curvy submarginal lines, and an irregularly scalloped marginal area, and a vague oval dark spot near the middle. The hindwings are plain brown each with one submarginal pale line. The small head is yellow. The wingspan is about 3 cms. The moth often flies in the daytime.

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

The species occurs in

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


    Further reading :

    Achille Guenée,
    Uranides et Phalénites,
    in Boisduval & Guenée: Histoire Naturelle des Insectes; Spécies Général des Lépidoptères,
    Volume 9, Part 10 (1857), p. 98, No. 1075.

    Peter Marriott,
    Moths of Victoria: Part 4,
    Emeralds and Allies - GEOMETROIDEA (B)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2012, pp. 20-21.


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    (updated 30 March 2013, 4 November 2017)