Gastrinodes bitaeniaria (Le Guillou, 1841)
(one synonym : Gastrina erebina Walker, 1860)
Buff Bark Moth
BOARMIINI ,   ENNOMINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Cathy Young & Stella Crossley


(Photo: copyright Cathy Young)

The colour of this Caterpillar is brown with a pink and orange shaded patches. It feeds on the leaves of :

  • Gum Trees ( Eucalyptus, MYRTACEAE ).


    (Photo: copyright Cathy Young)

    The adult moth is light brown with wavy transverse dark brown lines extending across both wings. The wingspan is about 4 cms.


    eggs, magnified
    (Photo: copyright Cathy Young)

    The eggs are yellow, oval, and minutely pitted all over.

    The species has been found in

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Australian Capital Territory,
  • Victoria,
  • Tasmania,
  • South Australia, and
  • Western Australia.


    male, drawing by Achille Guenée, listed as Boarmia bitaeniaria,
    ,
    Deltoïdes et Pyralites, Histoire Naturelle des Insectes; Spécies Général des Lépidoptères,
    Volume 9, Part 9 (1854), Plate 3, fig. 1,
    image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.


    Further reading :

    Achille Guenée,
    Deltoïdes et Pyralites,
    in Boisduval & Guenée: Histoire Naturelle des Insectes; Spécies Général des Lépidoptères,
    Volume 9, Part 9 (1854), p. 249, No. 379, and also Plate 3, fig. 1.

    Marilyn Hewish,
    Moths of Victoria: Part 7,
    Bark Moths and Allies - GEOMETROIDEA (D)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2016, pp. 18-19, 22-23.

    Elie Jean Francois Le Guillou,
    Description de huit espèces de Lépidoptères découvertes pendant le voyage de la Zélee,
    Revue Zoologique par la Societe Cuvierienne,
    Paris, 1841, p. 258, No. 7.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 64.


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    (updated 24 July 2013, 22 November 2015)