Mnesiloba eupitheciata (Walker, 1863)
Montane Carpet
(previously known as Phibalapteryx eupitheciata)
EUPITHECIINI ,   LARENTIINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Mnesiloba eupitheciata
(Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Aranda, Australian Capital Territory)

The adult moth of this species has forewings with a brown and black pattern of submarginal zig-zag bands. The hindwings are similar, but with a paler more subdued pattern. The hindwings are only about half the area of the forewings. The abdomen has some very dark and very light brown segments. The moths have a wing span of about 2 cms.

Mnesiloba eupitheciata
(Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott , Museum Victoria)

The species is thought to occur across the south-east Asia and the south Pacific, including

  • Fiji, and
  • Taiwan,

    as well as in Australia in

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Australian Capital Territory, and
  • Victoria.


    Further reading:

    Peter Marriott,
    Moths of Victoria: Part 3,
    Waves & Carpets - GEOMETROIDEA (C)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2011, pp. 30-31.

    Francis Walker,
    Geometrites,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 26 (1863), pp. 1720-1721, ref. 1342.


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    (updated 13 September 2013)