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Reddish Wave - male

Scopula rubraria


A brown geometrid moth with a wing span of about 15mm. Patterns on wings were wavy and dark brown. Each fore wing had a dark spot near the costal margin. Hind wings had a reddish tinge which is clearly evident when the moth is flying. Gives it the name "rubraria" Antennae -feathery


Caterpillars eat a variety of herbaceous plants including the buckhorn plantain (Plantago lanceolata) which is in abundance in lawns and grasslands.


below is a spotting of a paler version of this species, also a male This moth obligingly climbed on to a white sheet of paper, despite missing part of a leg.

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Leuba Ridgway
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Leuba Ridgway

Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Mar 8, 2013
Submitted on Mar 8, 2013

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