Parepisparis lutosaria (R. Felder & Rogenhofer, 1875)
Bright Twisted Moth
(one synonym : Arhodia punicea R.Felder & Rogenhofer, 1875)
OENOCHROMINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Parepisparis lutosaria
male, drawing by Rudolf Felder & Alois F. Rogenhofer, listed as Arhodia lutosaria,

Reise der Osterreichischen Fregatte Novara,
Band 2, Abtheilung 2 (5) (1875), Plate CXXIV, fig. 15,
Image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.

This Caterpillar has a pair of long horns on the thorax, each with a forked tip. The caterpillar probably feeds on the foliage of:

  • Gum Trees ( Eucalyptus, MYRTACEAE ).

    Parepisparis lutosaria
    female, drawing by Rudolf Felder & Alois F. Rogenhofer, listed as Arhodia lutosaria,

    Reise der Osterreichischen Fregatte Novara,
    Band 2, Abtheilung 2 (5) (1875), Plate CXXIV, fig. 16,
    Image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.

    The adult moth has variable red, yellow or brown wings with variable dark spots and lines. Usually the forewings each have three notable dark marks along the costa. The hindwings each have a bubbly white mark, with each bubble outlined in black. The margin of each forewing is recurved to give a pointed wingtip. The moths often rests with the abdomen twisted to one side. The female is about 10% larger than the male. The wingspan is about 5 cms.

    Parepisparis lutosaria
    female, with eggs
    (Photo: courtesy of Ted Cadwallader, Swan Hill, Victoria)

    The eggs are oval and blue-green. They are laid singly.

    The species has been found in:

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales, and
  • Victoria.

    Parepisparis lutosaria
    (Photo: courtesy of Laura Levens, Upper Beaconsfield, Victoria)


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, figs. 53.14, 53.15, pl.10.7, p. 369.

    Rudolf Felder & Alois F. Rogenhofer,
    Zoologischer Theil: Lepidoptera,
    Reise der Osterreichischen Fregatte Novara,
    Band 2, Abtheilung 2 (5) (1875), p. 3, and also Plate 124, figs. 15, 16.

    Peter Marriott,
    Moths of Victoria: Part 4,
    Emeralds and Allies - GEOMETROIDEA (B)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2013, pp. 12-13.


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    (updated 18 June 2013, 9 October 2015)