(formerly known as Opthalmodes delectaria)
BOARMIINI, ENNOMINAE, GEOMETRIDAE, GEOMETROIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Dick Whitford, Mt Molloy, Queensland)
The Caterpillars of this species are basically black, with an orange head and an orange tail, and a white line along each side. The only have 2 pairs of prolegs, so walk in a looper fashion.
They have been found on the introduced:
The caterpillars grow to a length of about 2.5 cms. They each pupate in a cocoon amongst the ground litter. The pupa is brown, and has a length of about 1.2 cms.
The moths are green with arcs of dark spots on each wing. The green fades to grey in dead specimens. The wingspan is about 4 cms.
The females have thread-like antennae.
The males have very feathery antennae up to about halfway, then thread-like distal halves.
The species occurs across south-east Asia, including
as well as in Australia: in
Further reading :
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 60.
Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
Part 35, Supplement 5 (1866), pp. 1595-1596.
(updated 9 December 2010, 12 September 2021)