Parepisparis pallidus Scoble & E.D. Edwards, 1990
OENOCHROMINAE,   GEOMETRIDAE,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of Bart Hacobian, Millaa Millaa, Queensland)

The adult moth of this species is pale grey-brown with dark markings and sometimes some yellow blotches. The forewings have recurved wingtips. All four wings have irregularly scalloped margins. The adult moth is inclined to curve its abdomen to one side when at rest. The wingspan of the male is about 4 cms. The wingspan of the female is about 5 cms.


(Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

The species has been found in Australia in

  • Queensland.


    underside
    (Photo: courtesy of Bart Hacobian, Millaa Millaa, Queensland)

    Interestingly the top shot shows the abdomen curved to the moth's right, but the underside shot shows it curved to the moth's left. Bart assures me that neither photo was “mirror-imaged”. Bart had moved the moth from the fly screen onto the window glass to enable a photograph of the underside, but the moth made up its own mind which way to curl its abdomen.


    Further reading:

    Malcolm J. Scoble & Ted Edwards,
    Parepisparis Bethune-Baker and the composition of the Oenochrominae (Lepidoptera: Geometridae),
    Journal Entomologica Scandinavica,,
    Volume 20, Part 4 (1989), p. 389, figs 14-16, 52, 62.


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    (written 17 June 2018, updated 20 June 2018)