Xanthorhoe anthracinata (Guenée, 1858)
Black-barred Carpet
(previously known as Camptogramma anthracinata)
XANTHORHOINI ,   LARENTIINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Xanthorhoe anthracinata
(Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Moths of Victoria: Part 3)

The adult moth of this species has a complex zigzag brown pattern on the wings, including two dark bands with wiggly edges across each forewing. The hindwings are pale brown with some vestigial patterns along the inner margins. The females and males have similar wing patterns, but the females have pointed forewing tips, and the males have rounded forewing tips. The wingspan is about 3 cms.

The species has been found in

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


    Further reading:

    Achille Guenée,
    Uranides et Phalénites,
    in Boisduval & Guenée:
    Histoire naturelle des insectes; spécies général des lépidoptères,
    Volume 9, Part 10 (1857), p. 425, No. 1592, and also Plate 7, fig. 5.

    Peter Marriott,
    Moths of Victoria: Part 3,
    Waves & Carpets - GEOMETROIDEA (C)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2011, pp. 24-25.


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    (written 15 September 2013)