Boarmia panconita Turner, 1917
(one synonym : Boarmia virescens Turner, 1947)
Variable Bark Moth
BOARMINI ,   ENNOMINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Boarmia panconita
(Photo: courtesy of Steve Williams, Moths of Victoria: Part 7)

The Caterpillars of this species are fawn speckled with dark grey. They have a pair of small horns on the second abdominal segment which they can erect showing pale yellow tips. The caterpillars only have their last pair of prolegs and their claspers on the abdomen, so they move in a looper fashion.

Boarmia panconita
pupa
(Photo: courtesy of Steve Williams, Moths of Victoria: Part 7)

The pupa is brown with a sharp point on the tip of the abdomen.

Boarmia panconita
(Photo: courtesy of Cathy Powers, near Balliang, Victoria)

The adult moths of this species have a complex pattern of black, brown, and white on the wings and the body. The hindwings have scalloped margins. The wingspan is about 3.5 cms.

Boarmia panconita
female
(Photo: courtesy of Cathy Powers, Brisbane Ranges, Victoria)

The species has been found in:

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales, and
  • Victoria.

    The genus of this moth is in dispute.

    Boarmia panconita
    eggs, magnified
    (Photo: courtesy of Steve Williams, Moths of Victoria: Part 7)

    The eggs are laid in lumpy masses. The eggs are ellipsoidal with ridges along the long axis. The eggs are initially grey, turning mauve as they mature.


    Further reading :

    Marilyn Hewish,
    Moths of Victoria: Part 7,
    Bark Moths and Allies - GEOMETROIDEA (A)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2016, pp. 26-27.

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    Revision of Australian Lepidoptera VI,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 42 (1917), p. 357-358, No. 75.


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    (written 31 December 2016, updated 1 January 2017)