(previously known as Semiothisa assimilis)
MACARIINI , ENNOMINAE , GEOMETRIDAE , GEOMETROIDEA
(Photo: by C.J. Lockett, K. Dhileepan, M. Robinson & K.J. Pukallus)
(courtesy of David Low, Weed News)
These caterpillars are green loopers, with a pale line along each side. They were introduced in in 1998 and again in 2002 to Australia from Africa to control the introduced weed :
The caterpillars feed on its leaves.
Tha adult moths are greyish-brown with a vague banded pattern. The wingspan is about 3 cms.
The species is found across Africa, including
and is now also found in Australia in
Twelve microsatellite loci have been identified in the genome of this species.
C.J. Lockett, K. Dhileepan, M. Robinson, and K.J. Pukallus,
Impact of a biological control agent, Chiasmia assimilis, on prickly acacia (Acacia nilotica ssp. indica) seedlings,
Volume 62, Issue 3 (September 2012), pp. 183-188.
New Drepanulidae, Thyrididae, and Geometridae from the Aethiopian region,
Volume 6 (1899), p. 310, No. 58.
(written 25 January 2005, updated 7 January 2013)