Gastrinopa xylistis Lower, 1903
Wood-grain-Geometrid
NACOPHORINI ,   ENNOMINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

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

The Caterpillars of this species have been reported to feed on the young foliage of

  • Gum Trees ( Eucalyptus species, MYRTACEAE ).

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

    The adult moths of this species have reddish-brown wings, each with a broad wavy patchy dark band with black outlines across the middle. The hindwings have fainter patterns than the forewings. The females have thread-like antennae and the males have slightly pectinated antennae. The wingspan is about 3 cms.

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

    The species has been found in:

  • Queensland,
  • 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,
    Descriptions of new genera and species of Australian Lepidoptera,
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume 27 (1903), pp. 197-198.


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    (written 7 January 2016)