(one synonym : Deilinia eccentritis Meyrick, 1892)
CABERINI, ENNOMINAE, GEOMETRIDAE, GEOMETROIDEA
Mike & Pat Coupar
Cathy Byrne & Stella Crossley
early instar, magnified
(Photo: copyright Cathy Byrne)
The Caterpillars of this species are initially pale brown with black dots and a yellow head.
Later, they become mottled with green and brown, with black dots. They feed on the foliage of :
They are loopers with only two pairs of prolegs. The Caterpillars grow to a length of about 2 cms.
Pupation occurs in a loosely woven silk cocoon between leaves of the foodplant.
The adult moth varies from pale to rusty brown with blurred dark patches, and sometimes subterminal orange arcs or arcs of black dots. There is a dark spot near the middle of each wing of the female. The male also can have these spots, but each having a pale ring, or being totally off-white. At rest the wings are held flat. The moths have a wingspan of about 3 cms. The males have well-developed feathered antennae. The females have thread-like antennae.
The eggs are off-white and ellipsoidal. They are covered in fine ridges.
The species may be found in
Further reading :
Pat and Mike Coupar,
Flying Colours, New South Wales University Press, Sydney 1992.
Moths of Victoria: Part 7,
Bark Moths and Allies - GEOMETROIDEA (D),
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2016, pp. 6-7, 12-13.
Notes on Australian Lepidoptera, with descriptions of new species,
Annals and Magazine of Natural History,
Volume 5, Part 16 (1885), pp. 431-432, No. 617, and also Plate 11, fig. 10.
(updated 16 February 2010, 1 January 2017, 23 February 2020, 16 March 2021)