Epiplema quadristrigata (Walker, 1866)
(formerly known as Erosia quadristrigata)
EPIPLEMINAE,   URANIIDAE,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Epiplema quadristrigata
(Photo: courtesy of Ian McMillan, Imbil, Queensland)

The adult moths of this species are off-white with apattern of curved brown lines and bands across each wing. The margins of the hindwings each have two tails. The wingspan is about 2 cms. Often at rest, the moth rolls up its wings.

Epiplema quadristrigata
(Photo: courtesy of Gary Brooks, Tinnanbar, Queensland)

The species has been found in :

  • Sri Lanka,

    and in Australia in

  • Queensland.

    Epiplema quadristrigata
    drawing by George F. Hampson, listed as Dirades pulvereus
    ,
    Illustrations of typical specimens of Lepidoptera Heterocera in the British Museum,
    The Macrolepidoptera Heterocera of Ceylon, Part 9 (1893), Plate CLVII, fig. 4,
    image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.


    Further reading :

    George Francis Hampson,
    The Macrolepidoptera Heterocera of Ceylon,
    Illustrations of typical specimens of Lepidoptera Heterocera in the British Museum,
    Part 9 (1893), p. 137, No. 857, and also Plate 157, fig. 4.

    Francis Walker,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 35, Supplement 5 (1866), p. 1647.


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    (written 3 April 2015, updated 26 January 2019)