(previously known as Selidosema argoplaca)
Cryptic Bark Moth
BOARMIINI, ENNOMINAE, GEOMETRIDAE, GEOMETROIDEA
(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
The caterpillars pupate in the ground debris
The wings have characteristic wavy and zigzag patterns in black, grey, white and brown. The wingspan is about 3 cms.
The eggs are laid singly. They are ellipsoidal with rows of microscopic pits. Initially the eggs are grey, and become purple as hatching approches.
The species has been found over much of Australia, including:
Further reading :
Moths of Victoria: Part 7,
Bark Moths and Allies - GEOMETROIDEA (D),
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2016, pp. 22-23.
Caterpillars, moths, and their plants of Southern Australia,
Peter B. McQuillan, Jan A. Forrest, David Keane, & Roger Grund,
Butterfly Conservation South Australia Inc., Adelaide (2019), p. 118.
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.
(updated 4 May 2010, 14 July 2018, 29 July 2020)