Anisozyga aphrias (Meyrick, 1889)
(one synonym : Anisogamia fragmentata Warren, 1907)
GEOMETRINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Anisozyga aphrias
(Photo: courtesy of Craig Nieminski, Darwin, Northern Territory)

This caterpillar is brown with pairs of triangular projections along its back.The skin is rough and irregular. The caterpillar is a looper, having only one pair of prolegs plus the anal claspers. The caterpillar is thought to have been feeding on the foliage of

  • Stringybark ( Eucalyptus tetrodonta, MYRTACEAE ), and
  • Billy Goat Plum ( Terminalia ferdinandiana, COMBRETACEAE ).

    Anisozyga aphrias
    cocoon
    (Photo: courtesy of Craig Nieminski, Darwin, Northern Territory)

    The caterpillar pupated inside a cocoon of dead leaves joined with silk.

    Anisozyga aphrias
    female
    Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, from
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art

    The female moths are green with a broad brown border to each wing, and a yellowish collar behind the head.

    The adult male moths are green with irregular white patches and markings on the wings. The wingspan is about 3cms.

    Anisozyga aphrias
    female
    (Photo: courtesy of Craig Nieminski, Darwin, Northern Territory)

    The species has been found in

  • New Guinea,

    and in Australia in

  • Northern Territory, and
  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Edward Meyrick,
    On some Lepidoptera from New Guinea,
    Transactions of The Entomological Society of London,
    1889, pp. 492-493, No. 106.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 75.


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    (updated 12 September 2011)