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

Taxeotis subvelaria
(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 subvelaria
(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.

Taxeotis subvelaria
(Photo: courtesy of John Hocking, Jedbinbilla, Australian Capital Territory)

The species has been found in

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


    Further reading :

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

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

    Francis Walker, (listed as Panagra reserata)
    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)