(one synonym : Iodis intacta Walker, 1861)
GEOMETRINAE , GEOMETRIDAE , GEOMETROIDEA
Cathy Young & Stella Crossley
(Photo: copyright Cathy Young)
This Caterpillar initially is brown. Its head has 3 short horns with red tips. The caterpillar only has 2 pairs of prolegs, one pair on each of the last two abdominal segments. The caterpillar feeds at night, and rests by day on its prolegs, looking like a straight twig.
Later instars are green, but still have red-tipped horns on the head.
The pupa is long and thin, and brown.
The adult moth has green forewings each with a diagonal white stripe, and white hindwings. The wingspan is up to 3 cms.
The eggs are yellow squashed ovals.
The species is found in
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, p. 374.
Moths of Victoria: Part 4,
Emeralds and Allies - GEOMETROIDEA (B),
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2012, pp. 32-33.
Uranides et Phalénites,
in Boisduval & Guenée:
Histoire naturelle des insectes; spécies général des lépidoptères,
Volume 9, Part 9 (1857), pp. 354-355, No. 552.
(updated 20 July 2010, 26 April 2014)