Bracca rosenbergi (Pagenstecher, 1886)
(previously known as Abraxis rosenbergi)
BOARMIINI ,   ENNOMINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of Olga Schmidt, Queensland Museum, listed as Tigridoptera leucoplethes)

The adult moth of this species has grey wings, each with a pattern of white and yellow patches. Underneath it is dark grey with pale patches, and black spots and lines. The head and thorax are brown, and the abdomen is yellow. The wingspan is about 6 cms.


male, drawing by Charles Swinhoe, listed as Duga rana
,
Catalogue of Eastern and Australian Lepidoptera Heterocera in the collection of the Oxford University Museum,
Part 1: Sphinges and Bombyces (1892), Plate III, fig. 3,
image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.

This species occurs in

  • New Guinea,

    and also in Australia in

  • Queensland.


    underside
    (Photo: courtesy of Olga Schmidt, Queensland Museum, listed as Tigridoptera leucoplethes)


    Further reading :

    Arnold Pagenstecher,
    Beiträge zur Lepidopteren-fauna des malayischen Archipels III. ,
    Jahrbuch des Nassauischen Vereins für Naturkunde,
    Volume 39 (1886), p. 165, No. 133.

    Olga Schmidt,
    An annotated and illustrated list of the primary type specimens of geometrid moths deposited in the Queensland Museum (Australia, Brisbane),
    Spixiana,
    Volume 5, Part 1 (2012), pp. 79-100, Figs. 23 a,b.

    Charles Swinhoe,
    Sphinges and Bombyces,
    Catalogue of eastern and Australian Lepidoptera Heterocera in the collection of the Oxford University Museum,
    Clarendon Press, Part 1 (1892), p. 96, No. 425, and also Plate 3, fig. 3.


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    (written 25 March 2015, 13 April 2017)