Uliocnemis partita (Walker, 1861)
(one synonym : Eucrostis calliptera Meyrick, 1889)
GEOMETRINAE,   GEOMETRIDAE,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(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:

  • Black Wattle ( Acacia leiocalyx, MIMOSACEAE ), and
  • Hickory Wattle ( Acacia aulacocarpa, MIMOSACEAE ).

    Overseas, they have been found on

  • Chirauli Nut ( Buchanania species, ANACARDIACEAE ), and
  • Mangoes ( Mangifera species, ANACARDIACEAE ).

    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 :

  • Borneo,
  • India,
  • Malaysia,
  • New Guinea,
  • Thailand,

    as well as Australia in:

  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 11.12, p. 373.

    Peter Hendry,
    At the Light Trap,
    Butterflies and Other Invertebrates Club Newsletter,
    Issue 48 (March 2008), pp. 9-11.

    Francis Walker,
    Geometrites,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 22 (1861), p. 573, No. 11.


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    (updated 15 February 2010)