Onycodes traumataria Guenée, 1857
Small Twisted Moth
(one synonym : Chilma flagrantaria Walker , 1863)
OENOCHROMINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Blackheath, New South Wales)

In Australia, this Caterpillar has been found feeding on various species in MYRTACEAE, including:

  • Tea-Trees ( Leptospermum species ), and
  • Paper Barks ( Melaleuca species ).

    The adult moth is yellow or reddish, often with black speckles, and a subterminal pale-edged dark line on each wing. The forewings sometimes have dark lines and spots especially at the wingtip and near the tornus. The forewings of the female have recurved pointed wingtips. The wingspan is about 3 cms.

    The species has been found in Australia in

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


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 10.18, p. 369.

    Achille Guenée,
    Uranides et Phalénites,
    in Boisduval & Guenée:
    Histoire Naturelle des Insectes; Spécies Général des Lépidoptères,
    Volume 9, Part 9 (1857), p. 143, No. 229, and also Plate 9, fig. 8.

    Peter Marriott,
    Moths of Victoria: Part 4,
    Emeralds and Allies - GEOMETROIDEA (B)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2013, pp. 12-13.


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    (updated 23 August 2013)