(one synonym : Eucrostis calliptera Meyrick, 1889)
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)