Parosteodes fictiliaria (Guenée, 1857)
(one synonym : Aspilates dissutata Walker, 1862)
Dodonaea Moth
MACARIINI ,   ENNOMINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Cathy Young & Stella Crossley


(Photo: copyright Catherine J. Young)

These Caterpillars are loopers, having most prolegs missing. Initially the caterpillars are grey with a brown head.


(Photo: copyright Catherine J. Young)

Later they become purplish-brown.


(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

The adult moths are a speckled fawn colour, Some individuals have a dark spot near the middle of each wing. Others have a dark submarginal line bounding a dark area on each forewing. The wingspan is about 3 cms.


(Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Aranda, Australian Capital Territory)

The species occurs in :

  • Queensland,
  • Lord Howe Island,
  • New South Wales,
  • Australian Capital Territory,
  • Victoria,
  • Tasmania, and
  • South Australia.


    (Photo: courtesy of Jim Duggan, Moonah, Tasmania)


    Further reading-

    Achille Guenée,
    Uranides et Phalénites,
    in Boisduval & Guenée:
    Histoire naturelle des insectes; spécies général des lépidoptères,
    Volume 9, Part 10 (1857), p. 129, No. 1127, and also Plate 14, fig. 1.

    Marilyn Hewish,
    Moths of Victoria: Part 7,
    Bark Moths and Allies - GEOMETROIDEA (D)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2016, pp. 16-17.


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    (updated 4 May 2011, 12 July 2016)