Pencil Pine Moth
ARCHIEARINAE, GEOMETRIDAE, GEOMETROIDEA
Cathy Byrne & Stella Crossley
(Photo: copyright Catherine J. Young)
The Caterpillars of this species are reddish brown, with a skin made of platelets. Each segement has three overlapping platelets: one on each side, and one on the back. These platelets resemble the overlapping leaf scales of its foodplant. The caterpillars feed on the dwindling population of :
in the mountain rainforests of Tasmania.
The adult moths are very handsome, with a striking black and grey pattern on the forewings, and orange hindwings with a black border. The wingspan is about 3 cms.
Further reading :
A. Jefferis Turner,
Australian Lepidoptera of the group Geometrites,
Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
Volume 46 (1922), pp. 291-292.
(updated 30 November 2011)