Scopula lydia (Butler, 1886)
Lydia's Wave
(previously known as Acidalia lydia)
STERRHINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
  
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

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

This adult moth has brown wings with several darker submarginal bands on each forewing. The female seems to be paler with stronger markings than the male. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

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

The species has been found in:

  • Western Australia,
  • Northern Territory,
  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Australian Capital Territory,
  • Victoria, and
  • South Australia.

    Scopula lydia
    underside, male
    (Photo: copyright of Brett and Marie Smith, at Ellura Sanctuary, South Australia)


    Further reading:

    Arthur G. Butler,
    Descriptions of 21 new genera and 103 new species of Lepidoptera Heterocera from the Australian region,
    Transactions of the Entomological Society of London,
    1886, Part 4, p. 435-436, No. 90.

    Peter Marriott,
    Moths of Victoria: Part 3,
    Waves & Carpets - GEOMETROIDEA (C)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2011, pp. 8-9.


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    (updated 22 July 2013, 9 April 2017)