Xylodryas leptoxantha (Turner, 1919)
(formerly known as Coelocrossa leptoxantha)
NACOPHORINI,   ENNOMINAE,   GEOMETRIDAE,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Xylodryas leptoxantha
(Photo: courtesy of Aila Keto, Springbrook, Queensland)

The adult moths of this species have pale or medium brown forewings, each sometimes covered in dark speckles, sometimes crossed by three dark zigzag lines, with a grey spot near the middle and sometimes with oher pale spots. The hindwings are brown, each with a grey spot near the middle, and crossed by two dark zigzag lines, and with a darker marginal area.

Xylodryas leptoxantha
(Photo: courtesy of Aila Keto, Springbrook, Queensland)

The forewing costas are strongly curved. The margins of all the forewings are irregularly scalloped. The wingspan is about 4 cms.

Xylodryas leptoxantha
(Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

The species has been found in

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales.

    Xylodryas leptoxantha
    underside
    (Photo: courtesy of Aila Keto, Springbrook, Queensland)


    Further reading :

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    Revision of Australian Lepidoptera. VI (Third instalment),
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 44 (1919), p. 276, No. 162.


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    (written 13 November 2019)