Dichromodes molybdaria (Guenée, 1857)
Plain Heath Moth
(previously known as Panagra molybdaria)
OENOCHROMINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Dichromodes molybdaria
(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

The adult moths of this species are pale brown and variable. Some specimens have a number of vague pale and dark submarginal lines on each forewing. Some have a broad dark band across each forewing.. The forewings also sometimes each have a dark dot near the middle or dark marks by the wingtip. The hindwings are plain brown. The females have thread-like antennae. The males have antennae with a feather-like fringe on one side. The wingspan is about 3 cms.

Dichromodes molybdaria
(Photo: courtesy of Joan Fearn, Moruya, New South Wales)

The species occurs in :

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


    Further Reading

    Achille Guenée,
    Uranides et Phalénites,
    in Boisduval & Guenée:
    Histoire naturelle des insectes; spécies général des lépidoptères,
    Volume 9, Part 10 (1857), p. 131, No. 1133.

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


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    (written 20 June 2013)