Dichromodes stilbiata (Guenée, [1858])
White-barred Heath Moth
(one synonym : Panagra plusiata Walker, 1861)
OENOCHROMINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Dichromodes stilbiata
(Photo: courtesy of Ken Harris, Wilsons Promontory, Victoria)

The adult moths of this species have brown forewings with a ragged white band across each one. The hindwings are plain brown. The females have thread-like antennae. The males have antennae with a feather-like fringe on one side. The wingspan is about 2.5 cms.

Dichromodes stilbiata
male
(Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Moths of Victoria: Part 4)

The species has been found in

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


    Further Reading

    Achille Guenée,
    Uranides et Phalénites,
    in Boisduval & Guenée:
    Histoire naturelle des insectes; spécies général des lépidoptères,
    Volume 9, Part 10 (1857), p. 120, No. 1114, and also Plate 18, fig. 4.

    Peter Marriott,
    Moths of Victoria: Part 4,
    Emeralds and Allies - GEOMETROIDEA (B)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2012, pp. 24-25.


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    (written 3 May 2014)