Hypographa phlegetonaria Guenée, 1857
OENOCHROMINAE,   GEOMETRIDAE,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Hypographa phlegetonaria
(Photo: courtesy of Steven Dodge, Nowra, New South Wales)

These caterpillars are purplish-brown, with a pale dorsal knob on the first abdominal segment. The caterpillars grow to a length of about 5 cms.

Hypographa phlegetonaria
eclosed pupal skin
(Photo: courtesy of Steven Dodge, Nowra, New South Wales)

They pupate with no cocoon on the soil surface under dead leaves.

Hypographa phlegetonaria
(Photo: courtesy of Steven Dodge, Nowra, New South Wales)

The adult moths of this species are grey-brown, with broad jagged dark lines on each wing. The wings have scalloped edges. The wingspan is about 4 cms.

Hypographa phlegetonaria
male, drawing by Achille Guenée, Uranides et Phalénites
,
in Boisduval & Guenée, Histoire Naturelle des Insectes; Spécies Général des Lépidoptères,
Volume 9, Part 9 (1857), Plate 19, fig. 3,
Image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.

The species has been found in :

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

    Hypographa phlegetonaria
    underside
    (Photo: courtesy of Steven Dodge, Nowra, New South Wales)


    Further reading :

    Achille Guenée,
    Uranides et Phalénites,
    in Boisduval & Guenée: Histoire Naturelle des Insectes; Spécies Général des Lépidoptères,
    Volume 9, Part 9 (1857), p. 190, No. 293, and also Plate 19, figs. 2,3.


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    (updated 20 July 2011, 11 February 2019)