(one synonym : Hyposidra australis Felder & Rogenhofer, 1875)
BOARMIINI, ENNOMINAE, GEOMETRIDAE, GEOMETROIDEA
first instar, magnified
(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks Townsville, Queensland)
The young Caterpillars of this species are black with bands of white spots.
As the caterpillars grow, the later instars become brown, and start losing their white spots, and develop pink true legs
The last instar is grey-brown peppered with black dots.
The caterpillars have been found feeding on various plants in FABACEAE, including :
as well as plants in other families, including :
The caterpillar grows to a length of about 4 cms. The pupa is dark brown with a rounded head-end, and a pointed tail-end. t is formed underground.
The female adult moths are brown with two wavy lines on each forewing enclosing a variable pale or dark brown area.
The forewings of the female each have a concave edge on the margin and an arc of white spots near the wingtip. The females have a wingspan of about 5 cms.
The male adult moths are brown with a wavy white line across each forewing. The males are only 2/3 the size of the female. The male wingspan is about 3.5 cms.
The species has been found in
and in Australia in
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 36.6, p. 367-368.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 64.
Rudolf Felder & Alois F. Rogenhofer,
Reise der Osterreichischen Fregatte Novara,
Band 2, Abtheilung 2 (5) (1875), p. 12, and also Plate 129, figs, 23-24.
Uranides et Phalénites II,
in Boisduval & Guenée:
Histoire naturelle des insectes; spécies général des lépidoptères,
Volume 9, Part 10 (1857), p. 150, No. 1171.
(updated 7 January 2013, 24 January 2018, 27 November 2019, 25 August 2020, 9 January 2021)