Epidesmia hypenaria (Guenée, 1857)
Long-nosed Epidesmia
(one synonym : Hemagalma inspersa Felder and Rogenhofer, 1875)
OENOCHROMINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
  
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Cathy Young & Stella Crossley

Epidesmia hypenaria
(Photo: copyright Cathy Young)

The Caterpillars of this species are brown. They are missing three pairs of prolegs, so move in a looper fashion.

Epidesmia hypenaria
(Photo: copyright Cathy Young)

The adult moths are brown with a curved dark submarginal line demarking a darker marginal area on each forewing. They rest with the hindwings covered by the forewings, like a minature Concord. The moths keep the unusually long labial palps projected in front of the head like a beak. The moths have a wingspan of about 3.5 cms.

Epidesmia hypenaria
eggs, magnified
(Photo: copyright Cathy Young)

The eggs are bullet shaped, with 12 ridges around each one running from base to the apex.

Epidesmia hypenaria
underside
(Photo: courtesy of Laura Levens, Upper Beaconsfield)

The species has been found in :

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Australian Capital Territory,
  • Victoria,
  • Tasmania, and
  • South Australia.

    Epidesmia hypenaria
    (Specimen: courtesy of the The Australian Museum)


    Further reading :

    Achille Guenée,
    in Boisduval & Guenée: Uranides et Phalénites,
    Histoire naturelle des insectes; spécies général des lépidoptères,
    Volume 9, Part 10 (1857), p. 128, No. 1125.

    Peter Marriott,
    Moths of Victoria: Part 4,
    Emeralds and Allies - GEOMETROIDEA (B)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2012, pp. 18-19.


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    (updated 31 March 2011, 21 October 2013, 3 May 2014)