Taxeotis xanthogramma Lower, 1903
Orange-spotted Taxeotis
OENOCHROMINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Taxeotis xanthogramma
(Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Moths of Victoria: Part 4)

The adult moths of this species are brown with various variable dark spots. One arc of spots across each forewing is orange. There are dark dots around the periphery of each wing. Both of the males and the females in this genus have thread-like antennae. The wingspan is around 2.5 cms. In their natural resting pose, the moths hold their wings flat, with the forewings covering the hindwings, and the dark marks on the forewing inner margins line up and disrupt the gestalt.

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

The species has been found in

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


    Further reading :

    Oswald B. Lower,
    Descriptions of new genera and species of Australian Lepidoptera,
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume 27 (1903), pp. 186-187.

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


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    (written 9 May 2014, updated 4 December 2016)