Melitulias discophora Meyrick, 1891
Four-banded Carpet
HYDRIOMENINI ,   LARENTIINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


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

The adult moth of this species has brown forewings, each with three transverse black-edged white bands. The hindwings are plain pale brown, each with a dark band all around the edge. The male moths have a wingspan of about 1.5 cms. The females are larger, with a wingspan of about 2 cms.

This species has been found in the mountains of

  • New South Wales, and
  • Victoria.


    Further reading:

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

    Edward Meyrick,
    Revision of Australian Lepidoptera V,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Series 2, Volume 5, Part 4 (1890), pp. 859-860, No. 74.


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    (written 11 September 2013)