Dinophalus serpentaria (Guenée, 1864)
Serpentine Moth
(previously known as Hypographa serpentaria)
OENOCHROMINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Dinophalus serpentaria
(Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Moths of Victoria: Part 4)

These caterpillars of this species are thought to feed on

  • Birds Beaks ( Hakea species, PROTEACEAE ).

    The adult moths are dark grey-brown with striking pale well-defined sinuous lines across each wing. The undersides of the wings each have a wide incomplete dark submarginal band. The hindwings also each have a dark dash near the middle of the underside. The wingspan is about 3 cms.

    Dinophalus serpentaria
    (Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Moths of Victoria: Part 4)

    The species occurs in

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


    Further reading :

    Achille Guenée,
    Notice sur la famille des Oenochromides,
    Annales de la Société Entomologique de France,
    Series 4, Tome 4 (1864) p. 16.

    Peter Marriott,
    Moths of Victoria: Part 4,
    Emeralds and Allies - GEOMETROIDEA (B)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2012, pp. 8-9.


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    (written 13 June 2013, 3 May 2014)