Acute Point Moth
(one synonym is Metrocampa glaucias Meyrick, 1892)
LITHININI, ENNOMINAE, GEOMETRIDAE, GEOMETROIDEA
Cathy Young & Stella Crossley
(Photo: copyright Cathy Young)
These Caterpillars when young are green with black dots, sparse hairs, and a yellow head. Later instars develop red coloration around the head and thorax.
The caterpillars feed on :
The adult moth is brown with a submarginal line or row of dark spots, and sometimes a dark spot or outlined circle near the centre of each forewing. The forewings have hooktips and a marginal cusp. The wingspan is about 4 cms.
The eggs are spherical and white, developing red markings as hatching approaches.
The species is found in
Both of the genera Azelina and Metrocampa are inappropriate for this species, but a suitable genus has yet to be found.
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, p. 366.
Moths of Victoria: Part 7,
Bark Moths and Allies - GEOMETROIDEA (D),
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2016, pp. 6-7, 10-11.
Revision of Australian Lepidoptera V,
Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
Series 2, Volume 6, Part 4 (1892), pp. 644-645, No. 72.
Characters of undescribed Lepidoptera Heterocera,
E.W. Janson, London, 1869, p. 75, No. 26.
(updated 24 July 2013)