Euphronarcha luxaria (Guenée, 1857)
(one synonym : Tephrosia disperdita, Walker, 1860)
Striated Bark Moth
BOARMIINI,   ENNOMINAE,   GEOMETRIDAE,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


drawing by Harriet Morgan and Helena Forde, listed as Geometra rectefasciata
,
Australian Lepidoptera and their transformations, Plate XXI: bottom right,
courtesy of the Australian Museum

This Caterpillar is a smooth brown looper, with a blunt horn on the back of each segment. The caterpillar has only one pair of prolegs on the penultimate abdominal segment, and claspers on the last segment, so walks in a looper fashion. The caterpillar has been found feeding on

  • Manuka, ( Leptospermum scoparium, MYRTACEAE )


    pupa
    drawing by Harriet Morgan and Helena Forde, listed as Geometra rectefasciata
    ,
    Australian Lepidoptera and their transformations, Plate XXI: bottom right: figure 1,
    courtesy of the Australian Museum

    The caterpillar grows to a length of about 3 cms. The pupa is a shiny orange, and formed in a cocoon covered in dirt on the ground surface. The pupa has a length of about 1 cm.


    (Photo: copyright Cathy Byrne)

    The adult moth of this species is pale grey with dark wavy lines across the wings. The wingspan is about 3.5 cms.

    The species has been found in:

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


    female, drawing by Harriet Morgan and Helena Forde, listed as Geometra rectefasciata
    ,
    Australian Lepidoptera and their transformations, Plate XXI: bottom right,
    courtesy of the Australian Museum


    Further reading :

    Achille Guenée,
    Uranides et Phalénites,
    in Boisduval & Guenée:
    Histoire naturelle des insectes; spécies général des lépidoptères,
    Volume 9, Part 9 (1857), p. 220, No. 329.

    Marilyn Hewish,
    Moths of Victoria: Part 7,
    Bark Moths and Allies - GEOMETROIDEA (D)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2016, pp. 28-29.

    Alexander Walker Scott, edited and revised by Arthur Sidney Olliff and Helena Forde
    Australian Lepidoptera and their transformations, with illustrations drawn from the life by his daughters, Harriet Morgan and Helena Forde,
    Australian Museum,
    Vol. 2 (1893), pp. 34-35 (62-63), and also Plate 21, bottom right.


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    (updated 20 July 2010)