Phrixocomes ophiucha (Meyrick, 1890)
Coastal Heath Moth
(formerly known as Dichromodes ophiucha)
OENOCHROMINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Phrixocomes ophiucha
(Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Moths of Victoria: Part 4)

The adult moth of this species has brown forewings with some variable dark streaks. The hindwings are plain pale brown. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

Phrixocomes ophiucha
(Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Moths of Victoria: Part 4)

The species has been found in:

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


    Further reading :

    Peter Marriott,
    Moths of Victoria: Part 4,
    Emeralds and Allies - GEOMETROIDEA (B)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2013, pp. 20-21.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Revision of Australian Lepidoptera III,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Series 2, Volume 4, Part 4 (1890), p. 1186, No. 52.


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    (written 7 May 2014)