Petelia medardaria Herrich-Schaffer, [1856]
(one synonym : Bargosa chandubija Walker, 1860)
CABERINI ,   ENNOMINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

The Caterpillars of this species have been found feeding on a number of plants from the plant family RHAMNACEAE :

  • Toothbrush Tree ( Gouania species ),
  • Japanese Raisin Tree ( Hovenia dulcis ), and
  • Jujuba ( Ziziphus species ).


    drawing by Gottlieb August Wilhelm Herrich-Schäffer,

    Sammlung neuer oder wenig bekannter aussereuropäischer Schmetterlinge,
    Verzeichniss der in diesem Werke gelieferten Arten nach Reihenfolge ihrer Veroffentlichung,
    Series I, Volume 1, Part 3 (1856), Plate 117, fig. 534,
    image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Ernst Mayr Library, Harvard University.

    The adult moths are brown. They sometimes have a number of dark spots near the wingtips and/or a dark line on each wing. The underside has a dark spot near the middle under each wing. The wingspan is about 3 cms.

    The species may be found in

  • Borneo, and
  • Malaysia,

    as well as in Australia in

  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Gottlieb August Wilhelm Herrich-Schäffer,
    Sammlung neuer oder wenig bekannter aussereuropäischer Schmetterlinge,
    Verzeichniss der in diesem Werke gelieferten Arten nach Reihenfolge ihrer Veroffentlichung,
    Series I, Volume 1, Part 3 (1856), p. 78, No. 534, and Plate 117, fig. 534.


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    (updated 16 February 2010)