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Tantoon Moth - male

Aeolochroma metarhodata

Description:

This attractive green moth had a wing span of about 30 mm. Patterns on wings are complex with a thin dark line dipping into the submarginal area. There are four deep reddish brown patches in each fore wing - two near the middle, one along the costa and one near the wing tips.

Habitat:

Spotted under bright lights on a warm night. These moths are said to occur along the east coast of Queensland and New South Wales to the Victorian Border.

Notes:

Also known as Tea-tree Emerald, the larvae feed on various plants of the Myrtaceae family including Leptospermum polygalifolium and Melaleuca decussata.
Family: Geometridae
Subfamily: Geometrinae

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Victoria, Australia

Lat: -37.90, Long: 145.31

Spotted on Nov 11, 2017
Submitted on Nov 12, 2017

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