Xenomusa metallica T.P. Lucas, 1891
XENOMUSINI,   ENNOMINAE,   GEOMETRIDAE,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Xenomusa metallica
(Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda, Queensland)

The adult moth of this species is basically brown, with two dark lines across each wing. The lines are double near the apex of each forewing. The forewings also each have a small black dot near the middle and a yellow spot just at the base. There is a yellow spot near the middle of each hindwing.

When resting the dark lines on each wing line up, and look like the veins of a leaf. The moth is unusual in having a concave curved costa to each forewing. The wingspan is about 3 cms.

The species has been found in

  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.


    Further reading :

    Thomas P. Lucas,
    On Queensland and other Lepidoptera with descriptions of new species,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Series 2, Volume 6, Part 2 (1890), pp. 299-300.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 73.

    Paul Zborowski and Ted Edwards,
    A Guide to Australian Moths,
    CSIRO Publishing, 2007, p. 141.


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    (updated 8 November 2010)