Gastrinodes argoplaca (Meyrick, 1892)
(previously known as Selidosema argoplaca)
Cryptic Bark Moth
BOARMIINI,   ENNOMINAE,   GEOMETRIDAE,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Gastrinodes argoplaca
(Photo: courtesy of Steve Williams, Moths of Victoria: Part 7)

These Caterpillars are greenish or reddish brown loopers. They are thought to feed on various species of

  • Gum Tree ( Eucalyptus species, MYRTACEAE ).

    Gastrinodes argoplaca
    (Photo: courtesy of Steve Williams, Moths of Victoria: Part 7)

    The caterpillars pupate in the ground debris

    Gastrinodes argoplaca
    female
    (Photo: courtesy of Cathy Powers, Lerderderg, Victoria)

    The wings have characteristic wavy and zigzag patterns in black, grey, white and brown. The wingspan is about 3 cms.

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

    The eggs are laid singly. They are ellipsoidal with rows of microscopic pits. Initially the eggs are grey, and become purple as hatching approches.

    Gastrinodes argoplaca
    (Photo: courtesy of Steve Williams, Moths of Victoria: Part 7)

    The species has been found over much of Australia, including:

  • Northern Territory,
  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales, and
  • Australian Capital Territory
  • Victoria,
  • South Australia, and
  • Western Australia.


    Further reading :

    Marilyn Hewish,
    Moths of Victoria: Part 7,
    Bark Moths and Allies - GEOMETROIDEA (D)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2016, pp. 22-23.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Revision of Australian Lepidoptera: V,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Series 2, Volume 6, Part 4 (1892), pp. 615-616, No. 38.


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    (updated 4 May 2010, 14 July 2018)