Taxeotis perlinearia (Walker, 1861)
Spring Taxeotis
(previously known as Panagra perlinearia)
OENOCHROMINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Taxeotis perlinearia
(Photo: courtesy of Laura Levens, Upper Beaconsfield, Victoria)

The adult moths of this species are brown, with variable markings sometimes including a broad dark marginal band, wavy lines, and dark dots. The forewing wingtips are slightly recurved. The wingspan is about 2.5 cms. The labial palps are held out straight in front of the head. The males and the females in this genus both have thread-like antennae.

Taxeotis perlinearia
(Photo: copyright of Brett and Marie Smith, Ellura Sanctuary, South Australia)

The species occurs in

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

    Taxeotis perlinearia
    head
    (Photo: courtesy of Laura Levens, Upper Beaconsfield, Victoria)


    Further reading :

    Peter Marriott,
    Moths of Victoria: Part 4,
    Emeralds and Allies - GEOMETROIDEA (B)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2012, pp. 14-15, 16-17.

    Francis Walker,
    Geometrites,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 23 (1861), p. 998, No. 27.


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    (updated 29 June 2013)