Gynopteryx ada Butler, 1882
Orange Point-moth
LITHININI,   ENNOMINAE,   GEOMETRIDAE,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Cathy Young & Stella Crossley


(Photo: copyright Cathy Young)

These caterpillars are brown with a yellow stripe along each side and dark markings. The feed on :

  • Bracken ( Pteridium esculentum, DENNSTAEDTIACEAE,   POLYPODIOPHYTA ).


    (Photo: copyright Cathy Young)

    The adult moth is pale brown with a pale submarginal stripe, and sometimes a dark spot near the middle of each forewing. The forewings have hooktips and a marginal cusp. The wingspan is about 3.5 cms.


    (Photo: courtesy of Marilyn Hewish, Moths of Victoria: Part 7)

    The eggs are spherical and white, developing red markings as hatching approaches.


    eggs, magnified
    (Photo: copyright Cathy Young)

    The species is found the southern half of Australia in

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

    Both of the genera Gynopteryx and Metrocampa are inappropriate for this species, but a suitable genus has yet to be found.


    Further reading :

    Arthur G. Butler,
    On a Small Collection of Lepidoptera from Melbourne,
    The Annals and Magazine of Natural History; Zoology, Botany, and Geology,
    Fifth Series, Volume 9, No. 50 (1882), p. 91, No. 23.

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, p. 366.

    Marilyn Hewish,
    Moths of Victoria: Part 7,
    Bark Moths and Allies - GEOMETROIDEA (D)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2016, pp. 10-11.


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    (updated 18 June 2005, 21 April 2018)