(one synonym : Boarmia atycta Turner, 1926)
Large Waved Bark Moth
BOARMIINI, ENNOMINAE, GEOMETRIDAE, GEOMETROIDEA
Cathy Byrne & Stella Crossley
(Photo: copyright Cathy Byrne)
These Caterpillars are blotchy green or brown, with two pale vertical lines on the head. The caterpillar is a true looper, with only two pairs of prolegs.
The adult moths have grey-brown wings with a complex wavy pattern. The wings have scalloped edges. The moths normally rest with wings flat and all four wings exposed. Both sexes have thread-like antennae. The wingspan is about 4 cms.
The eggs are ellipsoidal and are covered in an embossed microscopic hexagonal mesh pattern. Initially they are white, becoming dark as hatching approaches.
The species occurs in south-east Australia, including:
Further reading :
Uranides et Phalénites,
in Boisduval & Guenée:
Histoire naturelle des insectes; spécies général des lépidoptères,
Volume 9, Part 9 (1857), p. 270, No. 422.
Moths of Victoria: Part 7,
Bark Moths and Allies - GEOMETROIDEA (D),
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2016, pp. 2, 24-25.
Peter B. McQuillan,
Report on a survey of nocturnal moth species occurring on South Sister near St Marys, Tasmania.,
University of Tasmania, 2005.
(updated 17 September 2011, 24 September 2013, 22 December 2017, 29 August 2020)