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  Dark Grey Carpet Moth (Microdes squamulata)





Dark Grey Carpet Moth | Microdes squamulata photo
icrodes squamulata, Aranda, Australian Capital Territory

Image by Donald Hobern - Some rights reserved.    (view image details)



INSECT FACTS

Identification
The Dark Grey Flat Moth is a fairly drab coloured moth. The forewings are brownish grey with indistinct darker and paler banding and mottling. The hindwings are pale brown becoming darker towards the edge, with a darker oval patch in the middle towards the leading edge. The body is brownish. When at rest it holds its wings flat against the surface it is resting on.

Other Names
Dark Grey Flat Moth

Size
wingspan about 2cm

Habitat
woodland, bushland where there are suitable food trees for caterpillars

Food
the caterpillars feed on acacia plants (Wattles)

Range
Microdes squamulata is found in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania.



Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Lepidoptera
Family:Geometridae
Genus:Microdes
Species:squamulata
Common Name:Dark Grey Carpet Moth