Microdes villosata Guenée, 1857
Distorted Carpet
(one synonym : Panagra mixtaria Walker, 1863)
EUPITHECIINI ,   LARENTIINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

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

The adult moths of this species have a complex grey-brown pattern on the forewings. The hindwings significantly smaller than the forewings, having only about 60% of the area of the forewings.

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

The females have a muted grey-brown pattern on the hindwings. The males have an extra messy brown patch near the middle of each hindwing. The moths have a wingspan of about 2 cms.

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

The undersides are plain grey, except the males have a dark patch near the middle of each hindwing.

Microdes villosata
male, underside
(Photo: courtesy of Wendy Moore, Moths of Victoria: Part 3)

The species occurs in

  • 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. 297, No. 1386, and also Plate 15, fig. 8.

    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)