Metallochlora neomela (Meyrick, 1889)
formerly known as Urolitha bipunctifera (Walker, 1861)
synonyms :
Nemoria pisina Warren, 1899
Thalassodes albolineata Pagenstecher, 1900
GEOMETRINAE,   GEOMETRIDAE,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

This Caterpillar is greenish-brown, and has a pair of stubby red horns on the first abdominal segment. It was caught on :

  • Plumbago ( Plumbago auriculata, PLUMBAGINACEAE ).

    It grew to a length of about 2 cm.

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

    The adult moth of this species is green with two diagonal white lines across each forewing, and one across each hindwing. There is also a dark spot at the tornus of each hindwing. The wingspan is about 2 cms.


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

    This species has been found in

  • New Guinea,

    as well as in Australia in

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


    Further reading :

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

    Edward Meyrick,
    On some Lepidoptera from New Guinea,
    Transactions of the Entomological Society of London,
    1889, p. 492, No. 104.

    Arnold Pagenstecher,
    Die Lepidopterenfauna des Bismarck-Archipels. (2). Die Nachtfalter,
    Zoologica,
    Volume 12, Part 29 (1900), p. 156.

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    Australian Lepidoptera of the group Geometrites,
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume 46 (1922), p. 277, No. 295.

    Francis Walker,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 23 (1861), p. 546, No. 21.

    William Warren,
    New species and genera of the families Drepanulidae, Thyrididae, Uraniidae, Epiplemidae and Geometridae from the Old-World Regions,
    Novitates Zoologicae,
    Volume 6 (1899), p. 26, No. 62.


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    (written 23 September 2018)