(previously known as Tephrosia externaria)
Mahogany Bark Moth
BOARMIINI, ENNOMINAE, GEOMETRIDAE, GEOMETROIDEA
Cathy Byrne & Stella Crossley
(Photo: courtesy of Katarina Christenson, Melba, Australian Capital Territory)
The Caterpillars of this species have a complex brown pattern, and a short pair of horns on the second abdominal segment.
The caterpillar has been found feeding on
The caterpillar grows to length of about 5 cms.
The adult moths of this species are brown with a number of darker zigzag splotches on each wing. The wingspan is about 3 cms.
The species may be found in
The genera into which this species formerly was placed (Tephrosia and Hypomecis) are inappropriate for this species. It and the species currently named Boarmia phloeopa and Boarmia panconita should all be placed in a new as yet undescribed genus.
Further reading :
Moths of Victoria: Part 7,
Bark Moths and Allies - GEOMETROIDEA (D),
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2016, pp. 26-27.
Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
Part 35, Supplement 5 (1866), p. 1591.
(updated 21 June 2011, updated 16 July 2018, 28 October 2020, 22 March 2021)