Poecilasthena anthodes (Meyrick, 1891)
Orange-grounded Delicate
(previously known as Asthena anthodes)
ASTHENINI ,   LARENTIINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Poecilasthena anthodes
(Photo: courtesy of Ian McMillan, Imbil, Queensland)

The adult moth of this species is brown with a speckled pattern of darker brown. The wingspan is about 2.5 cms.

Poecilasthena anthodes
(Photo: courtesy of Joan Fearn, Moruya, New South Wales)

The species is found over much of Australia, including:

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Victoria,
  • Tasmania,
  • South Australia, and
  • Western Australia.


    Further reading:

    Peter B. McQuillan,
    An overview of the Tasmanian geometrid moth fauna (Lepidoptera: Geometridae) and its conservation status,
    Journal of Insect Conservation,
    Volume 8, Numbers 2-3, June 2004, pp. 209-220.

    Peter Marriott,
    Moths of Victoria: Part 3,
    Waves & Carpets - GEOMETROIDEA (C)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria,
    2011, pp. 32-33.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Revision of Australian Lepidoptera V,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Series 2, Volume 5, Part 4 (1890), pp. 816-817, No. 26.

    Dayong Xue and Malcolm J. Scoble,
    A review of the genera associated with the tribe Asthenini (Lepidoptera: Geometridae: Larentiinae),
    Bulletin of The Natural History Museum. Entomology Series,
    Volume 71, 2002, pp. 77-133.


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    (updated 13 September 2013)