(one synonym : Lagyra corticata Walker, 1866)
BOARMIINI, ENNOMINAE, GEOMETRIDAE, GEOMETROIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Dick Whitford, Julatten, Queensland)
These caterpillars initially are black, with white warts along the sides. When disturbed, they drop on a thread of silk. Later the caterpillars become blotchy brown with sparse black spots and black-circled cream spots, develop black-circled orange spiracles, and grow two short black horns on the tail.
The caterpillars have been found feeding on a variety of plants, including:
The caterpillar grows to length of about 4 cms. In captivity, the caterpillar pupated in a curled dead leaf. The pupa has a length of about 1.5 cms.
The adult moths are a blotchy brown, with recurved margins to the forewings. The hindwings each have an angled margin, making them kite-shaped, and the edges are scalloped. The wingspan is up to 4 cms.
The species is found in
as well as in Australia in
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 64.
Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
Part 35, Supplement 5 (1866), pp. 1539-1540.
(updated 7 February 2010)