Hypobapta diffundens (T.P. Lucas, 1891)
Diffundens Grey
(one synonym : Hypochroma eugramma Lower, 1892)
GEOMETRINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of S. Williams, Moths of Victoria: Part 4)

The Caterpillars of this species are initially brown, later instars becoming green with a pale line each side along the spiracles. The head is pointed. The caterpillars feed on the foliage of


(Photo: courtesy of Ian McMillan, Imbil, Queensland)

  • Gum trees ( Eucalyptus species, MYRTACEAE ).

    The adult moths are grey with two jagged black lines across each forewing, and a paler area between them. The undersides are pale grey with a broad black submarginal band under each hindwing. There are thin black bands between the segments of the abdomen. The wingspan is about 3 cms.

    The species is found in

  • Northern Territory,
  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Australian Capital Territory,
  • Victoria,
  • South Australia, and
  • Western Australia.


    Further reading:

    Thomas P. Lucas,
    On Queensland and other Australian Lepidoptera with descriptions of new species,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Series 2, Volume 6, Part 2 (1891), p. 298.

    Peter Marriott,
    Moths of Victoria: Part 4,
    Emeralds and Allies - GEOMETROIDEA (B)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria,
    2013, pp. 30-31.


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    (updated 28 June 2013, 26 April 2014)