Scopula optivata (Walker, 1861)
Varied Wave
(previously known as Acidalia optivata)
STERRHINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Scopula optivata
(Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Aranda, Australian Capital Territory)

This adult moth has brown wings with dark zigzag markings, and sometimes with a black dot near the centre of each wing. The wingspan is about 2.5 cms.

Scopula optivata
underside
(Photo: courtesy of Laura Levens, Upper Beaconsfield, Victoria)

The species has been found in:

  • New South Wales,
  • Norfolk Island,
  • Australian Capital Territory,
  • Victoria,
  • Tasmania,
  • South Australia, and
  • Western Australia.


    Further reading:

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

    Francis Walker,
    Geometrites,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 23 (1861), p. 780, No. 247.


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    (updated 18 April 2011, 8 October 2013, 1 January 2015)