Melitulias glandulata (Guenée, 1857)
Golden-disc Carpet
(previously known as Phibalapteryx glandulata)
HYDRIOMENINI ,   LARENTIINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


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

The male adult moth of this species has brown forewings, each with a broad dark but pale centred transverse wavy band. His hindwings are basically pale brown, but each has a large golden spot in the middle. The forewing wingtips are pointed, but the hindwings each have a smooth rounded margin from wingtip to tornus. The male moth has a wingspan of about 2 cms.


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

The females wing pattern is more muted than that of the male, and she has no gold are on the hindwings. But she has an angled wingtip and tornus on each hindwing, and her hindwing margins are scalloped The female is larger with a wingspan of about 2.5 cms.

This species has been found in the mountains of

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


    Further reading:

    Achille Guenée,
    Uranides et Phalénites,
    in Boisduval & Guenée:
    Histoire naturelle des insectes; spécies général des lépidoptères,
    Volume 9, Part 10 (1857), pp. 439-440, No. 1623, and also Plate 10, fig. 6.

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


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    (written 11 September 2013)