Ciampa heteromorpha (Lower, 1901)
White-lined Pasture-moth
(formerly known as Chlenias heteromorpha)
NACOPHORINI ,   ENNOMINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Ciampa heteromorpha
female
(Photo: courtesy of Marilyn Hewish, Moths of Victoria: Part 5)

The adult moths of this species have pale brown or grey forewings, each with a non-descript pattern including a dark splodge by the tornus. The hindwings are a uniform off-white. The moths have a wingspan of about 3 cms. In its natural posture, the moth is inclined to keep its wings rolled tightly around its body.

Ciampa heteromorpha
female, same specimen as in previous photo before capture
(Photo: courtesy of Marilyn Hewish, Moths of Victoria: Part 5)

The species occurs over dry inland areas of Australia, including

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


    Further reading :

    Marilyn Hewish,
    Moths of Victoria: Part 5 - Satin Moths and Allies - GEOMETROIDEA (A),
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2014, pp. 20-21.

    Oswald B. Lower,
    Descriptons of new genera and species of Australian Lepidoptera,
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume 25 (1901), pp. 65-66.


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    (written 31 December 2015)