Selidosema penthearia Guenée, 1857
(also known as Isturgia penthearia)
Delta Geometrid
MACARIINI ,   ENNOMINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Cathy Young & Stella Crossley


(Photo: copyright Cathy Young)

These Caterpillars are brown. The caterpillars are loopers, having most prolegs missing.


(Photo: copyright Cathy Young)

The adult moths are also brown, with a variable dark band across each forewing and/or sometimes dark brown spots on each wing. The wingspan is about 3 cms.


(Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Karakamia, Western Australia)

The eggs are oval and pale green, and covered in white pimples.


eggs, magnified
(Photo: copyright Cathy Young)

The species is found in

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Victoria,
  • Tasmania,
  • South Australia, and
  • Western Australia.


    underside
    (Photo: courtesy of Jenny Holmes, Great Western, Victoria).


    Further reading :

    Achille Guenée,
    Uranides et Phalénites,
    in Boisduval & Guenée:
    Histoire naturelle des insectes; spécies général des lépidoptères,
    Volume 9, Part 10 (1857), p. 146, No. 1161.

    Marilyn Hewish,
    Moths of Victoria: Part 7,
    Bark Moths and Allies - GEOMETROIDEA (D)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2016, pp. 16-17.


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    (updated 20 July 2010, 12 February 2014)