Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Pholodes sinistraria  "Sinister moth"

 Pholodes sinistraria BOARMIINI ENNOMINAE GEOMETRIDAE


They are not really "sinister", they are also sometimes called a "frilled bark moth".


Family:- GEOMETRIDAE
Sub Family:- ENNOMINAE
Genus:- Pholodes
Species:- sinistraria


Above is the female.













 Directly above is the male and to the right is the male underside.

The larvae of these moths is known to eat a variety of native and imported plants. According to Moths of Australia (Common 1990), they will eat garden mint, apple, apricot, citrus and lichi, as well as the native Eucalyptus, Angophora (Myrtacaea) and Exocarpus (Santalaceae).
As you can see in the photos the males and females are different.
Do note the magnificent pectinations on the antennae of the males.

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Phrissogonus laticostata LARENTIINAE GEOMETRIDAE

Although I did a blog on this moth back on the 7th of October 2015, I didn't realise at the time that this species also have distinct male and female forms.
The male is the one with the "tufts" on the leading edge of the forewing.
So here are the male and female together.



Family:- GEOMETRIDAE
Sub Family:- LARENTIINAE
Genus:- Phrissogonus
Species:- laticostata

This is the male.





Left is the female.









Phrissogonus laticostata larvae feeds on the flowers & buds of Acacia (Mimosaceae), but has also been found on Apple, Clematis Aristata and St John's Wort.

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