Taxeotis reserata (Walker, 1861)
Neat Taxeotis
(also known as Panagra subvelaria Walker, 1861)
OENOCHROMINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Taxeotis reserata
(Photo: courtesy of S. Williams, Moths of Victoria: Part 4)

The Caterpillars of this species are brown loopers. The eggs are laid with no gum, and just scatter in the ground debris. So the caterpillars are thought to feed on dead leaves.

Taxeotis reserata
(Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Aranda, Australian Capital Territory)

The adult moths are greyish brown. The wings each have faint marginal lines, and some black dots. The wingspan is about 2 cms. The males and the females in this genus both have thread-like antennae.

The species has been found in

  • New South Wales,
  • Australian Capital Territory,
  • Victoria, and
  • Tasmania.


    Further reading :

    Peter Marriott,
    Moths of Victoria: Part 4,
    Emeralds and Allies - GEOMETROIDEA (B)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2012, pp. 14-15, 16-17.

    Francis Walker,
    Geometrites,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 23 (1861), p. 1000, No. 31.

    Francis Walker,
    Geometrites,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 23 (1861), p. 1010-1011, No. 53.


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    (updated 30 June 2013)