Eucyclodes buprestaria (Guenée, 1857)
Bordered Emerald
(previously known as Phorodesma buprestaria)
GEOMETRINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


male
(Photo: copyright of Cathy Young)

The caterpillars of this species feed on the young shoots and flowers of the Dodder vines:

  • Slender Snotty-Gobble ( Cassytha glabella ), and
  • Downy Dodder Laurel ( Cassytha pubescens ),

    in the plant family LAURACEAE.


    female, drawing by Achille Guenée, Uranides et Phalénites
    ,
    Histoire Naturelle des Insectes; Spécies Général des Lépidoptères,
    Volume 9, Part 9 (1857), Plate 7, fig. 4,
    image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.

    The adult moths are green with purplish-brown markings on the wings, and additional white outlines to some of the brown marks. The females have an extra whitelines outlined in brown across each forewing. The moths have a wingspan of about 3 cms.

    The species is found in the southern half of Australia including

  • New South Wales,
  • Australian Capital Territory,
  • Victoria,
  • Tasmania,
  • South Australia, and in
  • Western Australia.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, pls. 11.25, 27.7, p. 373.

    Achille Guenée,
    Uranides et Phalénites,
    in Boisduval & Guenée: Histoire Naturelle des Insectes; Spécies Général des Lépidoptères,
    Volume 9, Part 9 (1857), p. 371, No. 591. and also Plate 7, fig. 4.

    Peter Hendry,
    At the light trap,
    Butterflies and Other Invertebrates Club,
    Newsletter Issue 45 (June 2007), pp. 18-22.

    Peter Marriott,
    Moths of Victoria: Part 4,
    Emeralds and Allies - GEOMETROIDEA (B)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2012, pp. 30-31.


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    (updated 29 June 2013, 24 November 2015)