Cernia amyclaria Walker, 1860
(one synonym : Moncteria odontias Lower, 1894)
OENOCHROMINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

This Caterpillar is a green looper with dorsal and lateral rows of red spots. The caterpillar has been found feeding on the leaves of

  • Gum Trees ( Eucalyptus species, MYRTACEAE ).


    (Photo: courtesy of Dianne Clarke, Mapleton, Queensland)

    The adult moth has brown wings with scalloped edges. The moths have a wingspan of about 2.5 cms.


    (Specimen: courtesy of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)

    The species occurs in

  • Western Australia,
  • Northern Territory,
  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales, and
  • Victoria.

    Traminda rubra
    underside
    (Photo: courtesy of Dianne Clarke, Mapleton, Queensland)


    Further reading :

    Peter Hendry,
    In the Garden with Peter,
    Butterflies and Other Invertebrates Club,
    Newsletter, Issue 48 (March 2008), p. 14.

    Peter Marriott,
    Moths of Victoria: Part 4,
    Emeralds and Allies - GEOMETROIDEA (B)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2012, pp. 14-15, 20-21.

    Francis Walker,
    Geometrites,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 20 (1860), p. 267.

    Paul Zborowski and Ted Edwards,
    A Guide to Australian Moths,
    CSIRO Publishing, 2007, p. 145.


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    (updated 30 June 2013, 5 March 2014)