Alpine Heath Moth
(one synonym : Dichromodes implicata Goldfinch, 1944)
OENOCHROMINAE, GEOMETRIDAE, GEOMETROIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Harvey Perkins, Cotter River, Australian Capital Territory)
The adult moths of this species have brown forewings with zig-zag patterns across each one. The hindwings are plain brown. The females have threadlike antennae. The males have antennae with a feather-like fringe on one side.
The underside of each forewing is plain brown. The underside of each hindwing shows some submarginal bands and a dark spot near the middle. The moths normally rest with the forewings covering the hindwings. The moths are inclined to rest head downwards. The wingspan is about 3 cms.
Th species is found around Mt. Kosciuszko, in
Moths of Victoria: Part 4,
Emeralds and Allies - GEOMETROIDEA (B),
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2012, pp. 24-25.
A. Jefferis Turner,
Revision of Australian Oenochromidae (Lepidoptera) II,
Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
Volume 55 (1930), p. 12, No. 90.
(written 2 May 2014)