Lophothalaina habrocosma (Lower, 1893)
Crested Teatree Moth
(formerly known as Pseudopanthera habrocosma)
NACOPHORINI ,   ENNOMINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Lophothalaina habrocosma
female
(Photo: courtesy of Marilyn Hewish, Moths of Victoria: Part 5)

The Caterpillars of this species have been found feeding on

  • Heath Tea-tree ( Leptospermum myrsinoides, MYRTACEAE ).

    The adult moths have patchy brown forewings, with an outlined grey pattern including two short dark lines, one by the apex, and one by the base. The forewings have recurved wingtips. The hindwings are yellow, each with a brown patch by the wingtip. The wingspan is about 3.5 cms.

    Lophothalaina habrocosma
    female, undersides of wings
    (Photo: courtesy of Marilyn Hewish, Moths of Victoria: Part 5)

    The species has been found in:

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


    Further reading :

    Marilyn Hewish,
    Moths of Victoria: Part 5 - Satin Moths and Allies - GEOMETROIDEA (A),
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2014, pp. 14-15.

    Oswald B. Lower,
    New Australian Lepidoptera,
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume 17, Part 1 (1893), pp. 153-154.


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    (written 8 January 2016)