Monoctenia smerintharia R. Felder & Rogenhofer, 1875
Dark Leaf Moth
(one synonym : Monoctenia calladelpha Lower, 1892)
OENOCHROMINAE,   GEOMETRIDAE,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Monoctenia smerintharia
(Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Aranda, Australian Capital Territory)

The Caterpillars of this species are thought to feed on the leaves of

  • Gum Trees ( MYRTACEAE ).

    Monoctenia smerintharia
    (Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Aranda, Australian Capital Territory)

    The adult moths are brown, sometimes with black smudges and scalloped submarginal lines on the forewings and a reddish shading on the hindwings. The wings have scalloped edges, and the forewing tips are recurved. The wingspan is about 6 cms. Its natural posture has the wings closed like a tent over the body, with the tip of the abdomen curved upward.

    Monoctenia smerintharia
    female, drawing by Felder & Rogenhofer, Reise der Osterreichischen Fregatte Novara,

    Band 2, Abtheilung 2 (5) (1875), Plate CXXIV, fig. 19,
    image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.

    The species has been found in :

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Australian Capital Territory,
  • Victoria,
  • South Australia, and
  • Western Australia.

    Monoctenia smerintharia
    male, drawing by Felder & Rogenhofer, Reise der Osterreichischen Fregatte Novara,

    Band 2, Abtheilung 2 (5) (1875), Plate CXXIV, fig. 18,
    image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.


    Further reading :

    Rudolf Felder & Alois F. Rogenhofer,
    Zoologischer Theil: Lepidoptera,
    Reise der Osterreichischen Fregatte Novara,
    Band 2, Abtheilung 2 (5) (1875), p. 14, and also Plate 124, figs. 18 and 19.

    Peter Marriott,
    Moths of Victoria: Part 4,
    Emeralds and Allies - GEOMETROIDEA (B)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2013, pp. 8-9.


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    (updated 16 June 2013, 4 May 2014)