(one synonym : Panagra subcelata Walker, 1861)
OENOCHROMINAE, GEOMETRIDAE, GEOMETROIDEA
Cathy Byrne & Stella Crossley
(Photo: copyright Cathy Byrne)
These Caterpillars have been found feeding on :
The adult moths are pale brown with a pattern of dark speckles and spots, an indistinct pale-edged, possibly dotted, submarginal band on each wing, and a row of dark dots along the edge of each wing. The moths have a wingspan of about 3 cms. They typically rest on the ground with their wings flat, and the forewings covering the hindwings. The underside of each forewing has a black spot near the middle. The males have a pale hair tuft along the underside of each hindwing costa. The females have thread-like antennae. The males have bipectinate antennae.
The eggs are initially white, darkening as hatching approaches. They are oval with minute serrated ridges.
The species has been found in the south-eastern quarter of Australia, including
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 37.2, p. 370.
in Boisduval & Guenée: Uranides et Phalénites,
Histoire naturelle des insectes; spécies général des lépidoptères,
Volume 10 (1857), p. 130, No. 1130.
Peter B. McQuillan,
An overview of the Tasmanian geometrid moth fauna (Lepidoptera: Geometridae) and its conservation status,
Journal of Insect Conservation,
Volume 8, Issues 2 & 3, June 2004, pp. 209-220.
Moths of Victoria: Part 4,
Emeralds and Allies - GEOMETROIDEA (B),
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2012, pp. 18-19.
(updated 30 March 2013, 9 April 2015, 6 September 2020)