Psilosticha attacta (Walker, 1860)
(previously known as Boarmia attacta)
Bold-waved Bark Moth
BOARMIINI ,   ENNOMINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

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

The adult moths have grey wings with a complex wavy pattern. The wings have scalloped pattern on the margins. The moths normally rest with wings flat with all four wings exposed.

Psilosticha attacta
underside
(Photo: courtesy of Olga Schmidt, Queensland Museum, listed as Boarmia cymatias)

The species occurs in south-east Australia, including:

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


    Further reading :

    Marilyn Hewish,
    Moths of Victoria: Part 7,
    Bark Moths and Allies - GEOMETROIDEA (D)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2016, pp. 24-25.

    Olga Schmidt,
    An annotated and illustrated list of the primary type specimens of geometrid moths deposited in the Queensland Museum (Australia, Brisbane),
    Spixiana,
    Volume 5, Part 1 (2012), pp. 79-100, Figs. 6 a,b.

    Francis Walker,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera. Geometrites,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 21 (1860), p. 392, No. 122.


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    (updated 12 March 2011, 8 October 2013, 14 June 2015)