Thallogama corticola (Goldfinch, 1944)
(one synonym : Boarmia baryspila Turner, 1947)
Chequered Bark Moth
BOARMIINI,   ENNOMINAE,   GEOMETRIDAE,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Mike & Pat Coupar
and
Stella Crossley

Thallogama corticola
(Photo: courtesy of Mike and Pat Coupar, from: "Flying Colours",1992)

The Caterpillars of this species green with yellow between the segments, and some black and white markings, including on a small horn on the tail. The caterpillars feed on the foliage of :

  • Southern Sassafras ( Atherosperma moschatum, MONIMIACEAE ).

    Thallogama corticola
    (Photo: courtesy of Mike and Pat Coupar, Moths of Victoria: Part 7)

    They are loopers with only two pairs of prolegs. The caterpillars grow to a length of about 4 cms.

    The caterpillars pupate in a loose cocoon in the debris on the soil surface.

    Thallogama corticola
    male
    (Photo: courtesy of Mike and Pat Coupar, from: "Flying Colours", 1992)

    The adult moth has a delicate pattern in shades of grey. At rest the wings are held flat. They have a span of about 4 cms.

    Thallogama corticola
    female
    (Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

    The species may be found in the south-eastern quarter of Australia, including

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Victoria, and
  • Tasmania.


    Further reading :

    Pat and Mike Coupar,
    Flying Colours,
    New South Wales University Press, Sydney 1992, p. 38.

    Gilbert Macarthur Goldfinch,
    Notes on Australian Boarmiidae and Oenochromidae (Lepidoptera) with descriptions of new species,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 69 (1944), p. 192.

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


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    (updated 13 September 2010, 27 July 2018)