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Geometer moth (Geometridae)Onycodes traumataria

Small Twisted Moth at Namadgi National Park

Onycodes traumataria at Namadgi National Park - 10 Feb 2019

Identification history

Geometer moth (Geometridae) Onycodes traumataria 17 Feb 2019 GlennCocking
Geometer moth (Geometridae) Onycodes traumataria 12 Feb 2019 GlennCocking
Unidentified 12 Feb 2019 HarveyPerkins

Author's notes

Folded wingspan ca 30 mm. When I finally approached too close, it fell like a fallen leaf to the ground. I suspect it would have stayed there to complete the deception, except it landed in water at the edge of the stream so took off very quickly!

6 comments

donhe wrote:
   12 Feb 2019
I think Onycodes rubra is a better match to the forewing shape, but the system will not allow me to suggest a missing species.
   12 Feb 2019
I suggested the other Onycodes, but now I'm not so sure - will check further
donhe wrote:
   12 Feb 2019
I see on BOLD that some of the Onycodes traumataria have limited dark markings, and the pinker forewing costa like this specimen, but O. rubra has the larger wingspan like 4197339.
   12 Feb 2019
To me, the wing shape, particularly the curvature of the leading edge of the forewing; and the colouring and pattern, are more like the ALA image for rubra than for traumataria (says the complete non-expert!)
ibaird wrote:
   13 Feb 2019
Yes the forward curvature of the forewing looks more like O. rubra as seen on the ALA, although this specimen has more tick marks (i.e. 3) on the outer forewing edge than for O. rubra (usually only one) as shown on the ALA. Warrants comparison with set specimens at ANIIC as Glenn suggests, I think.
   17 Feb 2019
Onycodes traumataria is from medium to high altitude wet forest such as at Smokers Gap and in the mountains of NSW generally. O. rubra is mainly from mountainous areas north of the ACT as far as the Atherton tableland, and extending to the coast in S Qld and NSW. The wing patterns – both dark marks and base colour - are variable in both O. traumataria and O. rubraria , and I can find no consistent difference. But the species do differ in shape of apex of forewing and in the colour of the forewing costa and colour of top of head. O. traumataria males have a falcate apex and O. rubraria do not (both species have this feature in the females). O. traumataria males have a broad pink band just inside the costa whereas in O. rubraria this area is the same colour as the rest of the forewing or whiteish. O. rubraria have a white scales at the top of the head, between the antennae, whereas in O. traumataria this area is colourful (although the adjacent “collar” at the front of the thorax is often white.) The CNM records are therefore O. traumataria (as are some other recent photos from the Brindabellas that I have seen).

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Geitoneura klugii (Marbled Xenica) at Namadgi National Park - 23 Mar 2019
Synlestes weyersii tillyardi (Bronze Needle) at Namadgi National Park - 23 Mar 2019
Anthela sp. (genus) (Anthelid moth, Woolly bear) at Namadgi National Park - 23 Mar 2019
Zizina otis (Common Grass-blue) at Namadgi National Park - 23 Mar 2019
Tenagogerris euphrosyne (Water Strider) at Namadgi National Park - 23 Mar 2019
Carex fascicularis (Tassel Sedge) at Namadgi National Park - 23 Mar 2019
Polichne sp. (genus) (Small Grassland Katydid) at Namadgi National Park - 24 Feb 2019
Heteronympha penelope (Shouldered Brown) at Namadgi National Park - 24 Feb 2019
Oreixenica lathoniella (Silver Xenica) at Namadgi National Park - 24 Feb 2019
Synlestes weyersii (Bronze Needle) at Namadgi National Park - 24 Feb 2019
Galaxias olidus (Mountain Galaxias) at Namadgi National Park - 24 Feb 2019
Pseudoperga sp. (genus) (Sawfly, Spitfire) at Namadgi National Park - 23 Feb 2019
Nemoraea sp. (genus) (Unidentified Nemoraea bristle fly) at Namadgi National Park - 23 Feb 2019
Billardiera macrantha (Purple Appleberry) at Namadgi National Park - 23 Feb 2019
Synlestes weyersii (Bronze Needle) at Namadgi National Park - 23 Feb 2019
Pimelea ligustrina subsp. ciliata at Namadgi National Park - 23 Feb 2019
Pentatomoidea (superfamily) (Unidentified Shield or Stink bug) at Namadgi National Park - 23 Feb 2019
Austroaeschna pulchra (Forest Darner) at Namadgi National Park - 23 Feb 2019
Hednota species near grammellus (Pyralid or snout moth) at Namadgi National Park - 23 Feb 2019
Austrogomphus guerini (Yellow-striped Hunter) at Namadgi National Park - 23 Feb 2019
Hemigomphus gouldii (Southern Vicetail) at Namadgi National Park - 23 Feb 2019
Eulamprus heatwolei (Yellow-bellied Water-skink) at Namadgi National Park - 23 Feb 2019
Austroaeschna multipunctata (Multi-spotted Darner) at Namadgi National Park - 23 Feb 2019
Oreixenica kershawi (Striped Xenica) at Namadgi National Park - 23 Feb 2019
Synlestes weyersii (Bronze Needle) at Namadgi National Park - 23 Feb 2019
Synlestes weyersii (Bronze Needle) at Namadgi National Park - 23 Feb 2019
Austroaeschna parvistigma (Swamp Darner) at Namadgi National Park - 23 Feb 2019
Porela subfasciata at Namadgi National Park - 10 Feb 2019
Eusynthemis brevistyla (Small Tigertail) at Namadgi National Park - 10 Feb 2019
Telephlebia brevicauda (Southern Evening Darner) at Namadgi National Park - 10 Feb 2019
Austroaeschna pulchra (Forest Darner) at Namadgi National Park - 10 Feb 2019
Eusynthemis brevistyla (Small Tigertail) at Namadgi National Park - 10 Feb 2019
Austrogomphus guerini (Yellow-striped Hunter) at Namadgi National Park - 10 Feb 2019
Trapezites eliena (Orange Ochre) at Namadgi National Park - 9 Dec 2018
Diuris monticola (Highland golden moth) at Namadgi National Park - 9 Dec 2018
Ranunculus scapiger at Namadgi National Park - 9 Dec 2018
Pimelea ligustrina subsp. ciliata at Namadgi National Park - 9 Dec 2018
Austroargiolestes calcaris (Powdered Flatwing) at Namadgi National Park - 9 Dec 2018
Eusynthemis brevistyla (Small Tigertail) at Namadgi National Park - 9 Dec 2018
Candalides heathi (Rayed Blue) at Namadgi National Park - 9 Dec 2018
Austroaeschna atrata (Mountain Darner) at Namadgi National Park - 30 Dec 2017
Telephlebia brevicauda (Southern Evening Darner) at Namadgi National Park - 21 Jan 2017
Austrogomphus guerini (Yellow-striped Hunter) at Namadgi National Park - 21 Jan 2017
Diphlebia lestoides (Whitewater Rockmaster) at Namadgi National Park - 21 Jan 2017
Diplodium decurvum (Summer greenhood) at Namadgi National Park - 21 Jan 2017
Eusynthemis brevistyla (Small Tigertail) at Namadgi National Park - 21 Jan 2017
Plebs bradleyi (Enamelled Spider) at Namadgi National Park - 13 Jan 2017
Cerdistus sp. (genus) (Robber fly) at Namadgi National Park - 13 Jan 2017
Austroaeschna atrata (Mountain Darner) at Namadgi National Park - 13 Jan 2017
Ellopidia sp. (genus) (Leaf Beetle) at Namadgi National Park - 13 Jan 2017
Asperula scoparia (Prickly Woodruff) at Namadgi National Park - 7 Nov 2014
Grevillea lanigera (Woolly grevillea) at Namadgi National Park - 7 Nov 2014

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