Cerura melanoglypta Lower, 1905
Black-blotched Grey
(one synonym: Stibaroma habrostola Turner, 1947)
GEOMETRINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Moths of Victoria: Part 4)

The adult moth has grey forewings each with a curved black submarginal line. The hindwings are white with broad grey marginal bands. The undersides are white with grey marginal bands. Although the sexes have similar wing patterns, they differ greatly in size. The male moths have a wingspan of about 2 cms. The female moths have a wingspan of about 4 cms.


(Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Moths of Victoria: Part 4)

The species is found in

  • New South Wales,
  • Australian Capital Territory,
  • Victoria,
  • Tasmania, and
  • South Australia.

    This species was originally placed by Lower in NOTODONTIDAE, but later work showed that the moth was a Geometrid, so the genus Cerura is invalid. More study is needed to find its valid genus.


    Further reading :

    Oswald B. Lower,
    Descriptions of new Australian Lepidoptera, with synonymic notes No XXIII,
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume 29 (1905), p. 177.

    Peter Marriott,
    Moths of Victoria: Part 4,
    Emeralds and Allies - GEOMETROIDEA (B)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2012, pp. 28-29.


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    (updated 29 June 2013)