(one synonym : Macaria remotaria Walker, 186l)
MACARIINI, ENNOMINAE, GEOMETRIDAE, GEOMETROIDEA
Peter Marriott & Stella Crossley
(Photo: courtesy of Steve Williams, Moths of Victoria: Part 7)
These Caterpillars are loopers, having most prolegs missing. Initially they are green with pale lines on the body, and a row of double black spots along each side.
The caterpillars have been found in Melbourne in January feeding on various bipinnate Wattles (MIMOSACEAE) including
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. The caterpillars grow to a length of about 2.5 cms.
The pupa initially is green with a yellow abdomen, but when mature becomes brown.
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, variable markings, and often 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, 11 August 2018, 29 August 2019, 3 October 2020)