Lucerne Looper, Spider Moth
(previously known as Mnesigea sinuata)
BOARMIINI, ENNOMINAE, GEOMETRIDAE, GEOMETROIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Lyn Loger, Nathalia, Victoria)
These caterpillars have brown stripes. They are loopers, with only two pairs of prolegs.
They have a preference for feeding on various FABACEAE, such as:
and is sometimes a pest on:
They have also been found feeding on :
The male moths have well developed wings, that are a speckled fawn with a complex pattern of curvy dark brown and orange lines and patches.
The male moths have a collar of long hair-like scales each side of the head. The male moths have a wingspan of about 3 cms.
The female moths have undeveloped wings, with brown and orange stripes. The females cannot fly. They do rather resemble a spider.
The species occurs in :
A similar species Zermizinga indocilisaria occurs in New Zealand.
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, p. 67.
Peter B. McQuillan, Jan A. Forrest, David Keane, & Roger Grund,
Caterpillars, moths, and their plants of Southern Australia,
Butterfly Conservation South Australia Inc., Adelaide (2019), p. 119.
New genera and species of moths from the Old-world regions in the Tring Museum,
Volume 4 (1897), p. 95, No. 225.
(updated 31 March 2013, 16 September 2013, 18 March 2018, 11 May 2021)