Ectropis calida Goldfinch, 1944
Tawny Bark Moth
BOARMIINI,   ENNOMINAE,   GEOMETRIDAE,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Ectropis calida
female
(Photo: courtesy of Marilyn Hewish, Moths of Victoria: Part 7)

The adult moth of this species is pale grey or brown, with variable vague wavy dark lines. Some specimens have a pale band along each forewing costa. Specimens of Ectropis calida have a dark submarginal line on each forewing that is only slightly kinked at the central blurry dark blotch. Also the dark submarginal line on each hindwing is nearly straight, rather than curved as in other species in Ectropis. Like most geometrids, the moth rests with wings outspread. The wingspan is about 2.5 cms.

Ectropis calida
male
(Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

The species occurs in:

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

    Ectropis calida
    female
    (Photo: courtesy of Marilyn Hewish, Moths of Victoria: Part 7)


    Further reading :

    Gilbert Macarthur Goldfinch,
    Notes on Australian Boarmiidae and Oenochromidae (Lepidoptera) with descriptions of new species,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 69 (1944), p. 189.

    Marilyn Hewish,
    Moths of Victoria: Part 7,
    Bark Moths and Allies - GEOMETROIDEA (D)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2016, pp. 30-31.


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    (written 22 September 2017, updated 6 July 2018)