(one synonym : Macaria remotaria Walker, 186l)
MACARIINI , ENNOMINAE , GEOMETRIDAE , GEOMETROIDEA
Peter Marriott & Stella Crossley
(Photo: courtesy of Catherine J. Young)
These Caterpillars are loopers, having most prolegs missing. Initially they are a dirty pale greenish-brown with pale lines on the body, and have a brown head. They have been found in Melbourne in January feeding on:
Later instars are a brighter green with white lines and have a green head. The Caterpillars typically rest at the tip of a branch where the green and white markings and slightly gnarled body match the foliage. They grow to a length of about 2.5 cms.
The adult can emerge after as little as nine days. The adult moths are dimorphic. The males are pinkish brown, with brown markings including a chestnut brown spot in the middle of each forewing.
The female has more scalloped wings, and has an interesting silver white pattern underneath the wings. The wingspan is about 3 cms.
The eggs are pale green and laid singly. They are oval and look squashed, and have a finely dimpled surface.
The species has been found in:
Further reading :
Uranides et Phalénites,
in Boisduval & Guenée: Histoire naturelle des insectes; spécies général des lépidoptères,
Volume 9, Part 10 (1857), pp. 91-92, No. 1065.
Moths of Victoria: Part 7,
Bark Moths and Allies - GEOMETROIDEA (D),
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2016, pp. 6-7, 16-17.
(updated 24 July 2013)