Xanthorhoe xanthospila Lower, 1892
Yellow-spotted Carpet
XANTHORHOINI ,   LARENTIINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Xanthorhoe xanthospila
(Photo: courtesy of Jenny Holmes, Great Western, Victoria)

The adult moth of this species has a complex zigzag fawn pattern on the wings, including a broad darker band across each forewing which has a sharp cusp near the middle. Each forewing also has a subterminal arc from apex to tornus of dark dashes which vary in length. The hindwings are pale brown darkening at the margins. The wingspan is about 2.5 cms.

The species has been found in

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


    Further reading:

    Oswald B. Lower,
    Descriptions of New South Australian Lepidoptera,
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume 15 (1892), p. 13.

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


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    (updated 17 September 2013)