Mictodoca toxeuta Meyrick, 1892
Long-nosed Geometrid
(previously known as Ecpatites toxeuta)
NACOPHORINI ,   ENNOMINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Cathy Young & Stella Crossley


(Photo: copyright Cathy Young)

The adult moths have a complex grey or brown pattern on the forewings. The hindwings are plain pale with some dark marks by the wingtips. The margins of the wings are scalloped. When resting, the moths fold the wings to make a tent-shaped arrangement over the back. The moths have long hairy projecting labial palps The wingspan is about 3.5 cms.


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

The eggs are barrel-shaped with brown sides, yellow tops, and white serrated rims. They are laid in a geometric array on the substrate.


eggs, magnified
(Photo: copyright Cathy Young)

The species has been found in

  • Queensland,
  • 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.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Revision of Australian Lepidoptera V,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Series 2, Volume 6, Part 4 (1891), pp. 661-662, No. 97.

    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 25 April 2005)