Smyriodes aplectaria Guenée, 1857
Plain Line-moth
(one synonym : Stibaroma triphasia Turner, 1919)
NACOPHORINI,   ENNOMINAE,   GEOMETRIDAE,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@yahoo.com)
and
Cathy Byrne & Stella Crossley

Smyriodes aplectaria
male
(Photo: copyright Cathy Byrne)

The adults are grey or brown with dark zig-zag markings on the forewings. The hindwings are pale grey-brown, with a dark band along the margin. The wingspan is about 3 cms.

Smyriodes aplectaria
female
(Photo: courtesy of Marilyn Hewish, Moths of Victoria: Part 5)

The undeside shows the same dark band around the margin of each hindwing.

Smyriodes aplectaria
underside
(Photo: courtesy of Ian Bevege, Lilli Pilli, New South Wales)

The species has been found in

  • New South Wales,
  • Victoria, and
  • Tasmania.

    Smyriodes aplectaria
    eggs, magnified
    (Photo: copyright Cathy Byrne)

    The eggs are oval and white, and covered in microscopic dimples.

    Smyriodes aplectaria
    male, drawing by Achille Guenée, Uranides et Phalénites
    ,
    in Boisduval & Guenée: Histoire Naturelle des Insectes; Spécies Général des Lépidoptères,
    Volume 9, Part 9 (1857), Plate 20, fig. 1,
    image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.


    Further reading :

    Achille Guenée,
    Uranides et Phalénites,
    in Boisduval & Guenée: Histoire Naturelle des Insectes; Spécies Général des Lépidoptères,
    Volume 9, Part 9 (1857), p. 223, No. 334, and also Plate 20, fig. 1.

    Marilyn Hewish,
    Moths of Victoria: Part 5 - Satin Moths and Allies - GEOMETROIDEA (A),
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2014, pp. 16-17.

    Cathy Byrne,
    Characterisation of the Australian Nacophorini and a Phylogeny for the Geometridae from Molecular and Morphological Data,
    Ph.D. thesis, University of Tasmania, 2003.


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    (updated 31 March 2011, 15 May 2018, 7 March 2021)