Nisista galearia (Guenée, 1857)
Winter Crest-moth
(formerly known as Chlenias galearia)
NACOPHORINI ,   ENNOMINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Nisista galearia
male
(Photo: courtesy of Marilyn Hewish, Moths of Victoria: Part 5)

The adult moths of this species are brown with various markings including wavy zigzag lines across the forewings, and a pale more diffuse pattern on the hindwings. The males have a pair of black # signs on each forewing. The females have a single black # sign on each forewing The wingspan when the wings are out to the side is about 4 cms.

Nisista galearia
female
(Photo: courtesy of Marilyn Hewish, Moths of Victoria: Part 5)

The species has been found 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, Section 2 (1857), p. 238, No. 1312.

    Marilyn Hewish,
    Moths of Victoria: Part 5 - Satin Moths and Allies - GEOMETROIDEA (A),
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2014, pp. 26-27.


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    (written 13 January 2016)