Bracca matutinata (Walker, 1862)
(previously known as Panaethia matutinata)
BOARMIINI ,   ENNOMINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of Steve Luckett, Mount Tamborine, Queensland)

The adult moth of this species is noteworthy for its size, being rather large for a Geometrid. It has a wingspan of about 6 cms. It is buff coloured, with a pattern of yellow and black dots. Underneath it is dark grey with pale patches, and in particular a pale patch under the tip of each forewing, which distinguishes it from the related species Bracca rotundata.


(Specimen: courtesy of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)

It occurs in

  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, p. 366.

    Francis Walker,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera. Geometrites,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 24 (1862), pp. 1109-1110.


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    (updated 18 January 2005, 28 June 2013)