Hyposidra janiaria Guenée, 1857
(one synonym : Hyposidra australis Felder & Rogenhofer, 1875)
BOARMIINI ,   ENNOMINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Hyposidra janiaria
female
(Photo: courtesy of David Knowles, Walcott, Western Australia)

The Caterpillars of this species have been found feeding on:

  • Soybeans ( Glycine max, FABACEAE ), and
  • Citrus ( RUTACEAE ).

    Hyposidra janiaria
    male, lithograph by Felder & Rogenhofer, Hyposidra australis
    ,
    Reise der Osterreichischen Fregatte Novara,
    Band 2, Abtheilung 2 (5) (1875), plate CXXIX, fig. 23,
    image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.

    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.

    Hyposidra janiaria
    female, lithograph by Felder & Rogenhofer, Hyposidra australis
    ,
    Reise der Osterreichischen Fregatte Novara,
    Band 2, Abtheilung 2 (5) (1875), plate CXXIX, fig. 24,
    image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.

    The female adult moths are brown with two wavy lines one 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 species has been found in

  • Java,

    and in Australia in

  • Western Australia,
  • Northern Territory, and
  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 36.6, p. 367-368.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 64.

    Rudolf Felder & Alois F. Rogenhofer,
    Zoologisher Theil,
    Reise der Osterreichischen Fregatte Novara,
    Band 2, Abtheilung 2 (5) (1875), p. 12, and also Plate 129, figs, 23-24.

    Achille Guenée,
    Uranides et Phalénites II,
    in Boisduval & Guenée:
    Histoire naturelle des insectes; spécies général des lépidoptères,
    Volume 9, Part 10 (1857), p. 150, No. 1171.


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    (updated 7 January 2013)