Plain Heath Moth
(previously known as Panagra molybdaria)
OENOCHROMINAE, GEOMETRIDAE, GEOMETROIDEA
(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.
The species occurs in :
Uranides et Phalénites,
in Boisduval & Guenée:
Histoire naturelle des insectes; spécies général des lépidoptères,
Volume 9, Part 10 (1857), p. 131, No. 1133.
Moths of Victoria: Part 4,
Emeralds and Allies - GEOMETROIDEA (B),
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2012, pp. 22-23.
(written 20 June 2013)