Dichromodes oriphoetes Turner, 1930
Alpine Heath Moth
(one synonym : Dichromodes implicata Goldfinch, 1944)
OENOCHROMINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Dichromodes oriphoetes
female
(Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Moths of Victoria: Part 4)

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 wingspan is about 3 cms.

Th species is found around Mt. Kosciuszko, in

  • New South Wales, and
  • Victoria.


    Further Reading

    Peter Marriott,
    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.


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    (written 2 May 2014)