Xenomusa monoda Meyrick, 1890
Bulbous Geometrid
XENOMUSINI ,   ENNOMINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Peter Marriott & Stella Crossley


(Photo: copyright Peter Marriott)

The adult moths of this species are brown with a stripe across each wing and recurved pointed wingtips. Both sexes are similar in coloration and pattern but the females tend to be a little larger. Male wing span 40 - 45 mm, females up to 50 mm. The female antennae are more threadlike.

The species occurs in rainforest and wet sclerophyll forest in

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales, and
  • Victoria, in the Dandenong Ranges just to the east of Melbourne, where they are quite common in at least one locality in November and December.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 35.1, p. 366.

    Marilyn Hewish,
    Moths of Victoria: Part 7,
    Bark Moths and Allies - GEOMETROIDEA (D)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2016, pp. 34-35.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Revision of Australian Lepidoptera: III,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Series 2, Volume 4 (1890), pp. 1198-1199, No. 67.


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    (updated 11 February 2009, 17 September 2013)