Aponotoreas dascia (Turner, 1904)
Dascia Carpet
(previously known as Xanthorhoe dascia)
HYDRIOMENINI ,   LARENTIINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Aponotoreas dascia
male
(Photo: courtesy of Laura Levens, Upper Beaconsfield, Victoria)

The adult moths of this species have wings with broken bands of light and dark brown, including a broad dark band with wiggly edges on each forewing. There are a set of uniformly sized dashes around the margin of each forewing. The markings are less pronounced on the paler hindwings. The resting posture has the wings flat but the hindwings covered. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

Aponotoreas dascia
female
(Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Moths of Victoria: Part 3)

The species occurs in south-eastern Australia, including

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

    Aponotoreas dascia
    underside
    (Photo: courtesy of Laura Levens, Upper Beaconsfield, Victoria)


    Further reading:

    Peter Marriott,
    Moths of Victoria: Part 3,
    Waves & Carpets - GEOMETROIDEA (C)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2011, pp. 28-29.

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    Revision of Australian Lepidoptera: Family Geometridae,
    Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria,
    Volume 16 (1904), p. 275, No. 126.


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    (updated 24 September 2011, 16 October 2014)