Ectropis fractaria (Guenée, 1857)
(formerly known as Tephrosia fractaria)
Ringed Bark Moth
BOARMIINI,   ENNOMINAE,   GEOMETRIDAE,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
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and
Stella Crossley

Ectropis fractaria
female
(Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Moths of Victoria: Part 7)

The adult moth of this species is pale brown, with broken zigzag dark brown lines across the wings. The abdomen has a pair of dark dots one the back of most segments.

Ectropis fractaria
male
(Photo: courtesy of Marilyn Hewish, Moths of Victoria: Part 7)

The undersides are pale brown with a dark spot in the centre of each wing. Like most geometrids, the moth rests with wings outspread. The wingspan is about 4 cms.

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

The species occurs in:

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Australian Capital Territory,
  • Victoria, and
  • Tasmania.


    Further reading :

    Achille Guenée,
    Uranides et Phalénites,
    in Boisduval & Guenée:
    Histoire naturelle des insectes; spécies général des lépidoptères,
    Volume 9, Part 9 (1857), pp. 270-271, No. 424.

    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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    (updated 16 September 2013, 9 July 2018)