Dichromodes mesogonia L.B. Prout, 1910
Widespread Heath Moth
OENOCHROMINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Dichromodes mesogonia
female
(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.

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

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

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales, and
  • Victoria.

    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.


    Further Reading

    Peter Marriott,
    Moths of Victoria: Part 4,
    Emeralds and Allies - GEOMETROIDEA (B)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2012, pp. 22-23.

    Louis Beethoven Prout,
    Geometridae, subfamily Oenochrominae,
    Genera Insectorum,
    Fascicules 104 (1910), p. 27, No. 43 (2).


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    (written 2 May 2014)