(one synonym : Idiodes mitigata Guenée, 1857)
LITHININI, ENNOMINAE, GEOMETRIDAE, GEOMETROIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Marilyn Hewish, Moths of Victoria: Part 7)
The Caterpillars of this species feed on :
The adult moth of this species is brown with varied markings often including a line or line of dots from the wingtip to midway along the hind margin on each forewing, and a similar submarginal line on the each hindwing. The forewings have hooktips. The wingspan is about 4 cms.
Underneath, there is a large dark spot near the middle of each hindwing.
The species occurs over the southern half of Australia, including:
The adult moths can be distinguished from those of the similar species Idiodes siculoides by the absence of a white transverse line on top of the head joining the antennae.
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 35.3, p. 366.
Rudolf Felder & Alois F. Rogenhofer,
Reise der Osterreichischen Fregatte Novara,
Band 2, Abtheilung 2 (1875), p. 12, and also Plate 124, figs. 4 and 4a.
in Boisduval & Guenée: Uranides et Phalénites,
Histoire naturelle des insectes; spécies général des lépidoptères,
Volume 9, Part 9 (1857), p. 40, No. 25, and also Plate 13, fig. 1.
Moths of Victoria: Part 7,
Bark Moths and Allies - GEOMETROIDEA (D),
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2016, pp. 8-9.
Peter B. McQuillan, Jan A. Forrest, David Keane, & Roger Grund,
Caterpillars, moths, and their plants of Southern Australia,
Butterfly Conservation South Australia Inc., Adelaide (2019), p. 125.
(updated 20 July 2013, 9 August 2018)