(one synonym : Tephrosia disperdita, Walker, 1860)
Striated Bark Moth
BOARMIINI, ENNOMINAE, GEOMETRIDAE, GEOMETROIDEA
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
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.
The adult moth of this species is pale grey with dark wavy lines across the wings. The males have feathery antennae, and the females have filamentous antennae. The wingspan is about 3.5 cms.
The species has been found in:
Further reading :
Uranides et Phalénites,
in Boisduval & Guenée:
Histoire naturelle des insectes; spécies général des lépidoptères,
Volume 9, Part 9 (1857), p. 220, No. 329.
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,
Vol. 2 (1893), pp. 34-35 (62-63), and also Plate 21, bottom right.
(updated 20 July 2010)