Leuciris fimbriaria (Stoll, 1781)
(formerly known as Phalaena fimbriaria)
ABRAXINI ,   ENNOMINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


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

This Caterpillar has been imported because it feeds on the foliage of :

  • Giant Sensitive Tree ( Mimosa pigra, MIMOSACEAE ).

    This plant is a serious weed in the Northern Territory.


    drawing by Caspar Stoll, listed as Phalaena fimbriaria
    ,
    Papillons exotiques, De uitlandsche kapellen, voorkomende in de drie waereld,
    Volume 4 (1782), Plate CCCXCVIII, fig. C,
    image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.

    The adult moth of this species has white wings with brown margins and a scattering of pale brown spots.

    The species occurs naturally in South America, including:

  • Belize,
  • Brazil, and
  • Peru.


    Further reading:

    Caspar Stoll,
    Papillons exotiques,
    in Pieter Cramer:
    De uitlandsche kapellen, voorkomende in de drie waereld,
    Volume 4 (1782), p. 112, and also Plate 348, fig. C.


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    (updated 26 October 2005, 25 February 2017)