(one synonym : Iodis commoda T.P. Lucas, 1892)
GEOMETRINAE, GEOMETRIDAE, GEOMETROIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Steve Williams, Moths of Victoria: Part 4)
This Caterpillar is green with dark red true legs, one pair of black prolegs, and green claspers. There is a pair of blunt horns on the head, and a blunt pink horn on the tail. The connections between segments are marked by a narrow dark ring edged with pink. There is a dark mark under the join between the first and second abdominal segments.
The caterpillars are thought to feed on the buds and shoots of
The pupa is brown.
The adult moth is green. The termen of each wing and the costa of each forewing are yellow. Because of the predominant green colour, this and related species of moths are called 'Emeralds'. The moth has a wingspan of about 3 cms.
The eggs are oval and brown, and microscopically pitted.
The species is found in :
Further reading :
Pat and Mike Coupar,
New South Wales University Press, Sydney 1992, p. 41.
Thomas P. Lucas,
Contribution to a knowledge of the genus Iodis,
Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
Series 2, Volume 3 (1888), p. 1265.
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), pp. 136-137.
Moths of Victoria: Part 4,
Emeralds and Allies - GEOMETROIDEA (B),
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2012, pp. 34-35.
(updated 29 June 2013, 22 June 2018, 15 November 2020)