Lophosticha psorallodes Lower, 1902
Brown-marbled Geometrid
NACOPHORINI,   ENNOMINAE,   GEOMETRIDAE,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Lophosticha psorallodes
male
(Photo: copyright of Brett and Marie Smith at Ellura Sanctuary, South Australia)

The adult moths of this species have speckled grey or brown forewings, each with two broad wavy transverse speckled bands. Sometimes the transverse bands are basically grey, or brown, or sometimes yellow. Both sexes can have the yellow bands. The hindwings are off-white darkening toward the margins, and have scalloped edges.

Lophosticha psorallodes
female
(Photo: copyright of Brett and Marie Smith at Ellura Sanctuary, South Australia)

The females have thread-like antennae and the males have pectinated antennae. The head and wings have erect scale tufts. The wingspan is about 3 cms.

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

The species has been found in:

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

    Lophosticha psorallodes
    female underside
    (Photo: copyright of Brett and Marie Smith at Ellura Sanctuary, 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,
    Descriptions of new genera and species of Australian Lepidoptera,
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume 26 (1902), pp. 232-233.


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    (written 8 January 2016, updated 8 June 2018)