Varieble Heath Moth
(formerly known as Eubolia indicataria)
OENOCHROMINAE, GEOMETRIDAE, GEOMETROIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Moths of Victoria: Part 4)
The caterpillars of this species are greenish brown, with a black spot containing two white dots on the back of each segment. The head is bubous and rusty brown. The caterpillars feed on the foliage of a variety of shrubs in the family MYRTACEAE.
The adult female moths have grey forewings with jagged lines across them. The hindwings are plain grey with a vestigial pattern. The females have threadlike antennae.
The males are similar with dark brown bands between the jagged lines. The males have antennae with a feather-like fringe on one side. Both sexes have a dark irregular spot near the midle of each forewing. The moths normally rest with the forewings covering the hindwings. The wingspan is about 2 cms.
Th species has been found in
Peter B. McQuillan, Jan A. Forrest, David Keane, & Roger Grund,
Caterpillars, moths, and their plants of Southern Australia,
Butterfly Conservation South Australia Inc., Adelaide (2019), p. 132.
Moths of Victoria: Part 4,
Emeralds and Allies - GEOMETROIDEA (B),
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2012, pp. 24-25.
Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
Part 35, Supplement 5 (1866), pp. 1698-1699.
(written 2 May 2014, updated 6 September 2020)