Maxates multitincta (T.P. Lucas, 1891)
(one synonym is Gelasma epimitra Turner, 1922)
GEOMETRINAE,   GEOMETRIDAE,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Maxates multitincta
male
(Photo: courtesy of Roger Standen, Tamborine Mountain, Queensland)

The adult is green, with pale blue speckles making indistinct bands across each wing. The forewings each have a dark dot near the middle. The hindwings each have a smoothly angled margin. The males have feathery antennae, and have a wingspan of about 2 cms. The females have thread-like antennae, and have a wingspan of about 3 cms.

Maxates multitincta
female
(Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

The species has been found in :

  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Thomas P. Lucas,
    On Queensland and other Australian Lepidoptera with descriptions of new species,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Series 2, Volume 6, Part 2 (1891), p. 295.

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    Australian Lepidoptera of the group Geometrites,
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume 46 (1922), pp. 275-276.


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    (written 16 September 2018)