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Geometer moth (Geometridae)Androchela newmannaria  

Newman's Cape-moth at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

Androchela newmannaria at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve - 22 Mar 2019

Identification history

Geometer moth (Geometridae) Androchela newmannaria 4 May 2019 GlennCocking
Geometer moth (Geometridae) Androchela newmannaria 18 Apr 2019 donhe
Geometer moth (Geometridae) Geometridae sp. (family) 17 Apr 2019 MichaelMulvaney
Geometer moth (Geometridae) Androchela sp. 6 Apr 2019 DPRees125

Significant sighting

  4 May 2019

ist Canberra Nature Map record of this species - ALA only have Tasmanian and Victoria locations

3 comments

ibaird wrote:
   18 Apr 2019
I suggest this moth is certainly placed in Geometridae but most likely in the diverse sub-family Nacorphorini generally known as Cape-moths. I think this moth most likely falls within the genus Amelora or Androchela. Moths of Victoria (Part 5) stress that moths in this genera are highly variable and the taxonomy is uncetain and needs work especially for mainland i.e (non-Tasmainian) species. This moth has relatively large diffuse wing spots on the forewing and shows general patterning consistent with images of Androchela milvaria (Four-spot Cape-moth). However it also shows a band (a darker shade of grey) at the trailing edge of the forewing - a characteristic shown in an illustration of a female specimen of the very similar looking A. newmannaria . There do not seem to be pectinations shown on the antennae of the above specimen, so it could very well be a female. Therefore, given the above, I think DPRees suggestion of Androchela sp. for this specimen is a reasonable one.
donhe wrote:
   18 Apr 2019
Androchela milvaria does not seem to have the angled margin of A. newmannaria, which this specimen shows.
   4 May 2019
The apparent band on the termen of the fw that Ian points out, and the apparent angle in the termen that Don points out, do suggest Androchela neumannaria. On the other hand, the shape of the main forewing line is more irregular than the A. nemannaria specimens that I've seen (but they are variable), and those specimens are dark grey rather than brown. ANIC doesn't have any ACT specimens of A. newmannaria, but it is widespread so an ACT record is credible. I think we should put it under A. newmannaria pending more reports. It is less like Androchela milvaria and an Amelora sp which are the species which have been most often recorded on Black Mountain.

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Cerdistus sp. (genus) (Robber fly) at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve - 13 Feb 2019
Pachycephala pectoralis (Golden Whistler) at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve - 13 Feb 2019
Dromaius novaehollandiae (Emu) at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve - 13 Jan 2019
Dacelo novaeguineae (Laughing Kookaburra) at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve - 3 Dec 2018
Heteronympha merope (Common Brown) at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve - 19 Nov 2018
Nesoptilotis leucotis (White-eared Honeyeater) at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve - 19 Nov 2018
Callocephalon fimbriatum (Gang-gang Cockatoo) at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve - 19 Nov 2018
Pachycephala rufiventris (Rufous Whistler) at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve - 19 Nov 2018
Potorous tridactylus (Long-nosed Potoroo) at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve - 28 Sep 2018
Wallabia bicolor (Swamp Wallaby) at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve - 28 Sep 2018
Egernia cunninghami (Cunningham's Skink) at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve - 1 Feb 2018
Wallabia bicolor (Swamp Wallaby) at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve - 29 Jun 2017
Wallabia bicolor (Swamp Wallaby) at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve - 21 Oct 2016
Cacatua galerita (Sulphur-crested Cockatoo) at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve - 21 Oct 2016
Vanessa kershawi (Australian Painted Lady) at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve - 21 Oct 2016
Petrogale penicillata (Brush-tailed Rock Wallaby) at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve - 20 Aug 2016
Eulamprus heatwolei (Yellow-bellied Water-skink) at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve - 17 Mar 2016
Wallabia bicolor (Swamp Wallaby) at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve - 18 Mar 2013
Gymnopilus junonius (Spectacular Rustgill) at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve - 18 Mar 2013
Perga sp. (genus) (Steel Blue Sawfly or Spitfire) at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve - 21 Oct 2006

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  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

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