Tea Twig Caterpillar
(one synonym is: Boarmia diffusaria Walker, 1860)
BOARMIINI , ENNOMINAE , GEOMETRIDAE , GEOMETROIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Bishop Museum, Hawaii)
The Caterpillars of this species are blotchy brown loopers with black marks and white spiracles along each side. They are a pest in Sri Lanka, feeding on the foliage of
They have been found feeding on plants from many other families, including:
The caterpillars pupate in a cocoon made between two leaves joined with silk.
The adult moths are pale brown with a complex speckled pattern of darker shades of brown. Like most Ectropis species, it has a blurry dark blotch near the middle of each forewing, and dark marks on the first abdominal segment. which align with wavy dark lines on the hindwings when the moth is at rest. The moths have a wingspan of about 3 cms
The species is found across south-east Asia, including :
and in Australia in:
Further reading :
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 63.
Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
Part 20 (1860), pp. 381-382, No. 99.
(updated 16 September2013)