Melitulias oriadelpha Turner, 1922
High-country Carpet
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 adult moths of this species have brown forewings each with a pattern of light and dark zig-zag bands. The hindwings are fawn coloured. The males have a white basal elliptical patch on each hindwing. The females have chequered edges to all the wings. The moths have a wing span of about 2.5 cms.

The species is found in the high country of

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


    Further reading:

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

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    Studies in Australian Lepidoptera,
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume 50 (1926), p. 122.


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    (written 12 September 2013)