Adeixis inostentata (Walker, 1861)
Grey Heath Moth
(previously : Panagra inostentata)
OENOCHROMINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Adeixis inostentata
(Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Moths of Victoria: Part 4)

The adult moths of this species have grey-brown forewings, each having a dark diagonal line from wingtip to the centre of the inner margin, and a dark dot near the costa. The hindwings are plain pale grey-brown. The wingspan is about 2 cms. Unlike most moths, these moths may be seen flying in the daytime in their heathland habitat. They commonly rest head-down.

Adeixis inostentata
(Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Upper Beaconsfield, Victoria)

The species occurs in

  • Queensland,
  • 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. 20-21.

    Francis Walker,
    Geometrites,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 23 (1861), pp. 1012-1013, No. 58.


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    (updated 30 March 2013)