Ectropis despicata (Walker, 1860)
(formerly known as Tephrosia despicata)
BOARMIINI ,   ENNOMINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Ectropis despicata
(Photo: courtesy of Ken Harris, Morwell National Park, Victoria)

The Caterpillar of this species is a brown looper, with a dark spot at the middle of each side. The caterpillar is a pest on

  • SoyBeans ( Glycine max, FABACEAE ).

    The adult moth of this species is pale brown, with a smattering of short dark brown marks. Like most Ectropis species, it has a blurry dark blotch near the middle of each forewing, and dark marks on the first abdominal segment. which align with wavy dark lines on the hindwings when the moth is at rest. Like most geometrids, the moth rests with wings outspread. The wingspan is about 3 cms.

    The species occurs in:

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


    Further reading :

    Francis Walker,
    Geometrites,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 21 (1860), p. 418, No. 48.


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    (written 21 January 2017)