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

Ectropis fractaria
(Photo: courtesy of Nick Monaghan)

The adult moth of this species is pale brown, with a smattering of short dark brown marks. Like most Ectropis species, it has a blurry dark blotch near the middle of each forewing, and dark marks on the first abdominal segment. which align with wavy dark lines on the hindwings when the moth is at rest.

Ectropis fractaria
underside
(Photo: courtesy of Nick Monaghan)

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

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)