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Reddish wave - male

Scopula rubraria

Description:

This geometrid moth was mostly brown with thin grey wavy patterns on the both wings and a broader grey pattern along the outer margin that forms a "y" shape at the costa. Visible here are two small black spots on the fore wings. Each hind wing also has a similar spot but not seen here. The hind wings appeared to have a pale tinge of pink and a peppering of (dark) spots closer to the base. Antennae - feathery suggesting that this is a male Spotting of a darker version in March 2013 http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/194...

Habitat:

grasslands

Notes:

This is the paler version of a male (similar to the one on Brisbaneinsects - web link). I have called it "reddish wave" for consistency with 2 other spottings on PN http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/184... http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/176... This is a geometrid from subfamily Sterrhinae

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3 Comments

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 7 years ago

Mrtin, thanks for looking a this. I am still a little confused. These 2 links are of S.optivata and have little similarity to my spotting:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dhobern/300...
http://www.pbase.com/image/130942566

These links are of S.rubraria
http://lepidoptera.butterflyhouse.com.au...
http://www.bubuleps.com/Scopularubraria....
http://evc23bohosouth.wordpress.com/2013...
and they look more like mine.
The Brisbaneinsects one appears to have referred to P.Marriot's book - so what do you think ???

MartinL
MartinL 7 years ago

I think this is scopula optivata, based on the row of dots along the outer wings and the central dots too. I base my opinion on Peter Marriot which I cannot link for you. http://www.andrewisles.com/all-stock/pub... http://fr.academic.ru/dic.nsf/frwiki/152... This link I disagree with. http://www.brisbaneinsects.com/brisbane_...

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

Much better example than my last one. Nice.

Leuba Ridgway
Spotted by
Leuba Ridgway

Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Feb 26, 2013
Submitted on Feb 27, 2013

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