Anisozyga metaspila (Walker, 1861)
Gumtree Bizarre Looper or Inscribed Emerald
(previously known as Eucyclodes metaspila)
GEOMETRINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Cathy Young & Stella Crossley

Anisozyga metaspila
(Photo: courtesy of Peter Chew, Brisbane, Queensland)

This Caterpillar is reddish brown, and has pairs of flanges along each side of its body, and pair of fleshy spikes on its tail. It grows to a length of about 2.5 cms. It moves in a looper fashion as it only has legs at the front and the rear.

Anisozyga metaspila
(Photo: courtesy of Peter Chew, Brisbane, Queensland)

It pupates in a sparse cocoon in joined dried leaves. The pupa is brown with two dark lines along the body, and arcs of dark dots along the veins of the developing wings.

Anisozyga metaspila
(Photo: courtesy of Peter Chew, Brisbane, Queensland)

The adult moths are green with narrow brown borders, and faint white zig-zag lines across the wings. The undersides are white. The wingspan is about 3 cms.

Anisozyga metaspila
(Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Moths of Victoria, Part 4)

The species is found in

  • Northern Territory,
  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales, and
  • Victoria.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 27.4, p. 373.

    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. 32-33.

    Francis Walker,
    Geometrites,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 22 (1861), p. 580, No. 24.


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    (updated 17 June 2010)