Wednesday, 4 January 2017

OENOCHROMINAE

 In Moths of Australia, (Common 1990), refering to the family Oenochrominae, it says "there about 250 described species in 48 genera", in Australia.
The moths this week are from the genus Oenochroma.

Oenochroma vinaria OENOCHROMINAE GEOMETRIDAE 




Family:- GEOMETRIDAE
Sub Family:- OENOCHROMINAE
Genus:- Oenochroma
Species:- vinaria


 This is a fairly large moth, and as you can see from the photos the colours can vary quite a bit.

The dark purple/red photo is fairly true to colour for some of the darker ones we get.
Larvae feed on Proteaceae, mainly Grevillea and Hakea.




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Oenochroma infatillis OENOCHROMINAE GEOMETRIDAE




Family:- GEOMETRIDAE
Sub Family:- OENOCHROMINAE
Genus:-  Oenochroma
Species:- infatillis




 Quite a common moth around here. A number of the genus feed on Proteaceae, so perhaps these do too.

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 Oenochroma cycnoptera OENOCHROMINAE GEOMETRIDAE





Family:- GEOMETRIDAE
Sub Family:- OENOCHROMINAE
Genus:-  Oenochroma
Species:- cycnoptera








I still have a few doubts about the identification of this moth, mostly because it is out of the range that is quoted for collected samples. It is the only time I have photographed it, although I have seen it a couple of other times.


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