Widespread Heath Moth
OENOCHROMINAE, GEOMETRIDAE, GEOMETROIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Moths of Victoria: Part 4)
The adult female moths of this species have grey forewings with variable patterns, including two incomplete dark lines across each one. The hindwings are plain grey with a vestigial pattern. The females have threadlike antennae.
The males have the dark brown bands embedded in a more complex pattern. The males have antennae with a feather-like fringe on one side. Both sexes have a dark irregular spot with a pale centre near the middle of each forewing. The moths normally rest with the forewings covering the hindwings. The wingspan is about 2 cms.
Th species has been found in
The name Dichromodes mesogonia appears to be applied to a number of similar species. In due course they will probably be described separately, and be given separate names.
Moths of Victoria: Part 4,
Emeralds and Allies - GEOMETROIDEA (B),
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2012, pp. 22-23.
Louis Beethoven Prout,
Geometridae, subfamily Oenochrominae,
Fascicules 104 (1910), p. 27, No. 43 (2).
(written 2 May 2014)