CABERINI, ENNOMINAE, GEOMETRIDAE, GEOMETROIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of David Akers, Won Wron, Victoria)
The caterpillars of this species are green with black spots and sparse pale hairs, and have a pale brown mark on the back of each abdominal segment. The caterpillers are missing 3 pairs of prolegs, so the caterpillars walk in a looper fashion.
The caterpillars have been found feeding on
The caterpillars grow to a lenth of about 2.5 cms. They pupate in a sparse cocoon in a dead leaf. The pupa is brown with a greenish body, with a length of about 1 cm.
The moths of are pale brown with the wings crossed by several wiggly indistinct darker brown arcs containing even darker spots. There are often three prominent black spots on each forewing, sometimes expanded by an extra brown mark into a trident shape. The thorax has a little happy face on it. The wingspan is about 2 cms.
The females are inclined to have fainter markings than the males.
The species occurs in
Further reading :
Moths of Victoria: Part 7,
Bark Moths and Allies - GEOMETROIDEA (A),
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2016, pp. 14-15.
A. Jefferis Turner,
New Australian species of Boarmiadae (Lepidoptera),
Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland,
Volume 58 (1947), p. 97, No. 62.
(written 1 January 2017, updated 18 December 2021)