Parosteodes fictiliaria (Guenée, 1857)
Dodonaea Moth
(one synonym : Aspilates dissutata Walker, 1862)
MACARIINI,   ENNOMINAE,   GEOMETRIDAE,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Cathy Byrne & Stella Crossley


(Photo: copyright Catherine J. Young)

These Caterpillars are loopers, having most prolegs missing. Initially the caterpillars are grey with a brown head.


(Photo: copyright Catherine J. Young)

Later they become brown with greenish sides. The caterpillars have been successfully reared on:

  • Sticky Hop Bush ( Dodonaea viscosa, SAPINDACEAE )


    pupa
    (Photo: courtesy of Marilyn Hewish, Moths of Victoria: Part 7)

    The pupa is dark brown with a length of about 2 cms.


    female
    (Photo: courtesy of Marilyn Hewish, Moths of Victoria: Part 7)

    The adult moths are a speckled fawn colour, with some individuals having one or two dark-edged pale curvy lines, or some having just dark spots on each forewing. The forewings have slightly hooked wingtips, and a slight bulge on the margin. The wingspan is about 2 cms.


    male
    (Photo: courtesy of Marilyn Hewish, Moths of Victoria: Part 7)

    The males are similar to the females, and just as variable. The antennae of the females are threadlike. The antennae of the males appear slightly thicker.


    female
    (Photo: courtesy of Marilyn Hewish, Moths of Victoria: Part 7)

    The eggs are oval and greenish, and covered in tiny pits.


    eggs, magnified
    (Photo: courtesy of Marilyn Hewish, Moths of Victoria: Part 7)

    The species occurs in :

  • Western Australia,
  • Northern Territory,
  • Queensland,
  • Lord Howe Island,
  • New South Wales,
  • Australian Capital Territory,
  • Victoria,
  • Tasmania, and
  • South Australia.


    underside
    (Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Burrill Lake, New South Wales)


    Further reading-

    Achille Guenée,
    Uranides et Phalénites,
    in Boisduval & Guenée:
    Histoire naturelle des insectes; spécies général des lépidoptères,
    Volume 9, Part 10 (1857), p. 129, No. 1127, and also Plate 14, fig. 1.

    Marilyn Hewish,
    Moths of Victoria: Part 7,
    Bark Moths and Allies - GEOMETROIDEA (D)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2016, pp. 16-17.


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    (updated 4 May 2011, 29 March 2018)