Microdes squamulata Guenée, 1857
Dark-grey Carpet
(one synonym : Oesymna stipataria Walker, 1869)
EUPITHECIINI ,   LARENTIINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Microdes squamulata
(Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Aranda, Australian Capital Territory).

This caterpillar feeds on :

  • Wattles ( Acacia species, MIMOSACEAE ).

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

    The adult moth is grey or brown with light and dark wriggly lines including a few orange marks on the forewings. The hindwings are pale grey or brown, with a vague darker marginal band. Additionally the male has a brown elliptical patch on each hindwing. The forewings each have a convex costa at the base, and the hindwings are very rounded. The moths have a wing span of about 2 cms.

    The species occurs in

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


    Further reading:

    Achille Guenée,
    Uranides et Phalénites,
    in Boisduval & Guenée:
    Histoire naturelle des insectes; spécies général des lépidoptères,
    Volume 9, Part 10 (1857), p. 298, No. 1387.

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


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    (updated 13 September 2013)