Dichromodes indicataria (Walker, 1866)
Varieble Heath Moth
(formerly known as Eubolia indicataria)
OENOCHROMINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

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

The adult female moths of this species have grey forewings with jagged lines across them. The hindwings are plain grey with a vestigial pattern. The females have threadlike antennae.

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

The males are similar with dark brown bands between the jagged lines. The males have antennae with a feather-like fringe on one side. Both sexes have a dark irregular spot near the midle of each forewing. The moths normally rest with the forewings covering the hindwings. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

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

Th species has been found in

  • New South Wales,
  • Victoria,
  • Tasmania,
  • 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,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 35, Supplement 5 (1866), pp. 1698-1699.


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    (written 2 May 2014)