Large Leaf Moth
OENOCHROMINAE, GEOMETRIDAE, GEOMETROIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Laura Levens, Upper Beaconsfield, Victoria)
This caterpillar is brown with a hairy pointed knob on the tail. It is often found standing straight at an angle on a branch, resembling a twig. It feeds on a variety of Australian native plants, including:
The caterpillars pupate in a cocoon spun in a dead leaf in ground debris.
The adult moth has brown wings with a comma-shaped spot and a diagonal stripe on each wing. The moths have a wingspan of about 7 cms. The colour varies from greenish to orangish.
The species has been found in:
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 36.8, p. 368.
Pat and Mike Coupar,
New South Wales University Press, Sydney 1992, p. 49.
Uranides et Phalénites,
in Boisduval & Guenée:
Histoire naturelle des insectes; spécies général des lépidoptères,
Volume 9, Part 9 (1857), pp. 186-187, No. 289.
Moths of Victoria: Part 4,
Emeralds and Allies - GEOMETROIDEA (B),
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2013, pp. 8-9.
(updated 16 June 2013)