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 vague broken zigzag dark brown lines across the wings. 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, 17 May 2021)