(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 adult moths of this species have a complex pattern of light and dark brown and white on each wing.
The long scales behind the head and on the thorax can be raised to make a crest. 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.
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, 5 August 2017)