Dark Leaf Moth
(one synonym : Monoctenia calladelpha Lower, 1892)
OENOCHROMINAE, GEOMETRIDAE, GEOMETROIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Aranda, Australian Capital Territory)
The Caterpillars of this species are thought to feed on the leaves of
The adult moths are brown, sometimes with black smudges and scalloped submarginal lines on the forewings and a reddish shading on the hindwings. The wings have scalloped edges, and the forewing tips are recurved. The wingspan is about 6 cms. Its natural posture has the wings closed like a tent over the body, with the tip of the abdomen curved upward.
The species has been found in :
Further reading :
Rudolf Felder & Alois F. Rogenhofer,
Zoologischer Theil: Lepidoptera,
Reise der Osterreichischen Fregatte Novara,
Band 2, Abtheilung 2 (5) (1875), p. 14, and also Plate 124, figs. 18 and 19.
Moths of Victoria: Part 4,
Emeralds and Allies - GEOMETROIDEA (B),
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2013, pp. 8-9.
(updated 16 June 2013, 4 May 2014)