(formerly known as Uliocnemis partita)
GEOMETRINAE, GEOMETRIDAE, GEOMETROIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of John Moore, Ravenshoe, Queensland)
These Caterpillars camouflage themselves with buds and flowers of the the plant on which they are feeding. They are actually pinkish brown with a dark dorsal line, but they have flanges along the back to which their disguises are attached. In Australia, they have been found feeding on:
Overseas, they have been found on
They have a characteristic posture sitting on their tail with head and thorax tucked under the body, swaying gently from side to side. The caterpillars pupate in a cocoon also covered in plant detritus.
The adult moth is green, with a brown patch at the tornus of each forewing and at the apex of each hindwing. Each wing also has a number of white lines and a white patch. The moths have a wingspan of about 3 cms.
This species occurs in the oriental tropics, including :
as well as Australia in:
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 11.12, p. 373.
At the Light Trap,
Butterflies and Other Invertebrates Club Newsletter,
Issue 48 (March 2008), pp. 9-11.
List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
Part 22 (1861), p. 573, No. 11.
(updated 15 February 2010, 24 November 2019, 22 April 2021)