Cleora illustraria (Walker, 1863)
(one synonym : Chogada anestiaria Swinhoe, 1915)
BOARMIINI ,   ENNOMINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)

The eggs of this species are green, and laid in an irregular array near the tip of the leaf of a foodplant.

The Caterpillar is a uniformly brown looper, with a smooth but wrinkled skin, and it has only two set of prolegs. Ours was found feeding on :

  • False Acacia ( Robinia pseudacacia, FABACEAE )

    near Redfern Station in Sydney, and grew to about 4 cms.

    It pupated in the soil.


    (Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda, Queensland)

    The adult moth emerged in only nine days, and was brownish-grey with wavy lines, and had a wingspan of about 4 cms.


    (Photo: courtesy of Wes Jenkinson)

    The species has been found as several subspecies in south-east Asia in:

  • Papua New Guinea,
  • Solomons,
  • Sulawesi,

    as well as in Australia in

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales, and
  • Australian Capital Territory.


    (Specimen: courtesy of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)


    Further reading :

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 61.

    Colonel C. Swinhoe,
    New Species of Indo-Malayan Lepidoptera,
    Annals and magazine of natural history,
    Series 8, Volume 16, Number 93 (1915), p. 184.

    Francis Walker,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera - Geometrites (continued),
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    5th Series, Part 26 (1863), pp. 1539-1540.

    Paul Zborowski and Ted Edwards,
    A Guide to Australian Moths,
    CSIRO Publishing, 2007, p. 145.


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    (updated 8 November 2010, 31 January 2015)