Xanthorhoe vacuaria (Guenée, 1858)
Vacuaria Carpet
(previously known as Coremia vacuaria)
XANTHORHOINI ,   LARENTIINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

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

The adult moth of this species has a complex zigzag brown pattern on the wings, including two pale bands with wiggly edges across each forewing. The hindwings each have a similar but faint pattern. All the wings have scalloped edges. The wingspan is about 2.5 cms.

Xanthorhoe vacuaria
(Photo: copyright of Brett and Marie Smith, at Ellura Sanctuary, South Australia)

The species has been found in

  • New South Wales,
  • 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. 418, No. 1576.

    Peter Marriott,
    Moths of Victoria: Part 3,
    Waves & Carpets - GEOMETROIDEA (C)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2011, pp. 24-25.


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    (written 15 September 2013)