Aphantes melanochorda (Turner, 1919)
Corded Geometrid
(previously known as Encryphodes melanochorda)
NACOPHORINI ,   ENNOMINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Cathy Young & Stella Crossley


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

The adult moths of this species are brown with a subtle pattern of darker lines.


(Photo: copyright Cathy Young)

The eggs are laid loosely attached to the substrate, and are oval with a fine hexagonal ridge pattern. Their diameter is about 0.75 mm. Initially they are pale ,later becoming dark as hatching approaches.


(Photo: copyright Cathy Young)

The species is found in the highlands at an altitude range of 600-1230 metres in

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

    Peter B. McQuillan,
    An overview of the Tasmanian geometrid moth fauna (Lepidoptera: Geometridae) and its conservation status,
    Journal of Insect Conservation,
    Volume 8 (2004), Parts 2-3, pp. 209-220.

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    Revision of Australian Lepidoptera. VI (Third instalment),
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 44 (1919), p. 384-385, No. 226.

    Cathy Young,
    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 29 May 2005)