Agathia prasinaspis Meyrick, 1889
(one synonym : Agathia veneranda Swinhoe, 1902)
GEOMETRINAE,   GEOMETRIDAE,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@yahoo.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Agathia prasinaspis
male,
(Photo: courtesy of Darren Smallwood, Fraser Island, Queensland)

The adult moths of this species are green with a grey-brown stripe along the margin of each wing. The females also have a stripe across the middle of each forewing. The hindwings each have a short angular extension near the tornus. The wingspan is about 4 cms.

Agathia prasinaspis
female,
(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

The species has been found in Australia in

  • Western Australia,
  • Northern Territory,
  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.

    Agathia prasinaspis
    underside
    (Photo: courtesy of Dianne Clarke, Mapleton, Queensland)


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, pls. 11.19, 11.21, 27.5, p. 373.

    Peter Hendry,
    At the Light Trap,
    Butterflies and Other Invertebrates Club Newsletter,
    Issue 48 (March 2008), pp. 9-11.

    Graham McDonald,
    Weird and Wonderful Moths,
    Butterflies and Other Invertebrates Club,
    Metamorphosis Australia,
    Issue 78 (September 2015), pp. 11-15, fig. 9.

    Edward Meyrick,
    On some Lepidoptera from New Guinea,
    Transactions of the Entomological Society of London,
    1889, pp. 495-496, No. 112.

    Buck Richardson,
    Mothology,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2008, p. 16.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 75.


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    (updated 5 February 2010, 16 July 2024)