Thallogama nigraria (R. Felder & Rogenhofer, 1875)
Black Bark Moth
(one synonym : Boarmia phaeopasta Turner, 1947)
BOARMIINI,   ENNOMINAE,   GEOMETRIDAE,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Thallogama nigraria
(Photo: courtesy of Marilyn Hewish, Moths of Victoria: Part 7)

These Caterpillars are brown with varying dark markings. The caterpillars have reduced prolegs, so they walk in a looper fashion. They rest typically holding onto a twig with their hind legs, looking like another twig.

Thallogama nigraria
(Photo: courtesy of Marilyn Hewish, Moths of Victoria: Part 7)

The caterpillars have been found feeding on

  • Tea Tree ( Leptospermum species, MYRTACEAE ).

    Thallogama nigraria
    female
    (Photo: courtesy of Marilyn Hewish, Moths of Victoria: Part 7)

    The adult moths of this species are grey-brown with complex dense dark markings. The wings have scalloped margins. The wingspan is about 2.5 cms.

    Thallogama nigraria
    male
    (Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

    The species has been found in Australia in

  • New South Wales, and
  • Victoria.

    Thallogama nigraria
    female, drawing by Rudolf Felder & Alois F. Rogenhofer, listed as Boarmia nigraria,

    Reise der Osterreichischen Fregatte Novara,
    Band 2, Abtheilung 2 (1875), Plate CXXVI, fig. 1,
    Image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.


    Further reading :

    Rudolf Felder & Alois F. Rogenhofer,
    Reise der Osterreichischen Fregatte Novara,
    Band 2, Abtheilung 2 (1875), p. 4, and also Plate 126, fig. 1.

    Marilyn Hewish,
    Moths of Victoria: Part 7,
    Bark Moths and Allies - GEOMETROIDEA (D)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2016, pp. 22-23.


    previous
    back
    caterpillar
    Australian
    Australian Butterflies
    butterflies
    Australian
    home
    Lepidoptera
    Australian
    Australian Moths
    moths
    next
    next
    caterpillar

    (written 5 August 2017, updated 27 July 2018)