Maxates centrophylla (Meyrick, 1888)
Green-spotted Angled Emerald
(previously known as Gelasma centrophylla)
GEOMETRINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Cathy Young & Stella Crossley

Maxates centrophylla
(Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Blackheath, New South Wales)

This Caterpillar has been found feeding on :

  • Common Aotus ( Aotus ericoides, FABACEAE ).

    Maxates centrophylla
    (Photo: copyright Cathy Young)

    The adult is green with dark speckles making an indistinct submarginal zig-zag line on each wing. There is a prominent dark spot near the centre of each wing. The forewings each have a pointed wingtip and the hindwings each have an angled margin. The wingspan is about 2 cms.


    eggs, magnified
    (Photo: copyright Cathy Young)

    The eggs are smooth, oval, and orange.

    The species has been found in :

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Victoria, and
  • Tasmania.


    Further reading :

    Peter B. McQuillan ,
    An overview of the Tasmanian geometrid moth fauna (Lepidoptera: Geometridae) and its conservation status,
    Journal of Insect Conservation,
    Volume 8, Issues 2 & 3, June 2004, pp. 209-220.

    Peter Marriott,
    Moths of Victoria: Part 4,
    Emeralds and Allies - GEOMETROIDEA (B)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2012, pp. 34-35.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Revision of Australian Lepidoptera II,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Series 2, Volume 2, Part 4 (1888), p. 880, No. 51.


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    (updated 29 June 2013)