Pingasa cinerea Warren, 1894
Tan-spotted Grey
(erroneously: Pingasia singularis)
GEOMETRINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Cathy Young & Stella Crossley

Pingasa cinerea
(Photo: copyright of Catherine J. Young)

These caterpillars are pale brown and covered in spiky warts.

Pingasa cinerea
(Photo: copyright of Catherine J. Young)

The adult moths of this species are various shades of grey-brown with a wavy pattern of darker markings, and a wingspan of about 3 cms.

Pingasa cinerea
(Photo: courtesy of Trevor Jinks, North Burnett, Queensland)

Its claim to fame is its extraordinary resting posture, with forewings dislocated to point forward.

Pingasa cinerea
underside
(Photo: courtesy of Trevor Jinks, North Burnett, Quieensland)

The eggs are white, smooth, and oval.

Pingasa cinerea
eggs, magnified
(Photo: copyright of Catherine J. Young)

The species is found over south-eastern Australia, including:

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

    Pingasa cinerea
    (Photo: courtesy of Trevor Jinks, North Burnett)


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 37.8, plate 26.15, p. 372.

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

    William Warren,
    New genera and species of Geometridae,
    Novitates Zoologicae,
    Volume 1, Part 2 (1894), p. 382.


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    (updated 9 June 2010, 18 September 2013)