Psilosticha loxoschema (Turner, 1947)
Dark Desert Bark Moth
(previously known as Ectropis loxoschema)
BOARMIINI,   ENNOMINAE,   GEOMETRIDAE,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Psilosticha loxoschema
(Photo: courtesy of Marilyn Hewish, Moths of Victoria: Part 7)

The adult moths have pale fawn wings with a complex pattern of dark and light lines. The wings have a dark line around the margins. The moths normally rest with wings flat with all four wings exposed. The wingspan is about 3 cms.

Psilosticha loxoschema
(Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

The species occurs in the centre of Australia, including:

  • Northern Territory,
  • New South Wales,
  • Victoria, 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.

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    New Australian species of Boarmiadae (Lepidoptera),
    Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland,
    Volume 58 (1947), p. 73, No. 5.


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    (written 21 February 2018, updated 15 July 2018)