Scotocyma rutilimixta Schmidt, 2005
XANTHORHOINI ,   LARENTIINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Olga Schmidt & Stella Crossley


female

The forewing above is rusty-brown to light brown, with a rather indistinct median band, and with a postmedian wavy reddish-brown band. Underneath: it has a small medial brownish spot, a median band edged with whitish band, and whitish square spots along the margin. The costa is curved, and the wingtip slightly rounded.

The hindwing above is the same colour as forewing, with wavy, brown and dark ochreous median and posterior lines, but with no white medial spot near margin. Underneath: it is coloured and patterned similarly to forewing, with an additional whitish square spot at the tornus. The wingspan is about 3.5 cms.


male

The species is found in

  • northern Queensland.

    Etymology: the species name combines the Latin rutilus (reddish) and mixtim (mixed) and refers to the wing colouration.


    Further reading :

    Olga Schmidt,
    Revision of Scotocyma Turner (Lepidoptera: Geometridae: Larentiinae),
    Australian Journal of Entomology,
    Volume 44 (2005), pp. 257278.

    Olga Schmidt,
    Description of the male of the north-eastern Australian species Scotocyma rutilimixta Schmidt,
    Spixiana,
    Volume 30(1) (2007), pp. 93-97.


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    (updated 15 September 2005)