Hypobapta percomptaria (Guenée, 1857)
Southern Grey
(previously known as Hypochroma percomptaria)
GEOMETRINAE,   GEOMETRIDAE,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Cathy Byrne & Stella Crossley


(Photo: copyright Cathy Byrne)

This Caterpillar is initially brown with a red head and tail. Later it becomes green with a conical head.


(Photo: copyright Cathy Byrne)

The caterpillars feed on :

  • Gum Trees ( Eucalyptus, MYRTACEAE ).


    pupa
    (Photo: copyright Cathy Byrne)

    The pupa is mottled brown.


    (Photo: copyright Cathy Byrne)

    The adult moth is grey-brown with wavy lines. The undersides have a rosy suffusion, and each wing has a broad black submarginal band. The wingspan is about 4 cms.


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

    The eggs are smooth and somewhat conical ovals. They are laid in irregular clusters.


    eggs magnified
    (Photo: copyright Cathy Byrne)

    Initially the eggs are white, and turn purplish as hatching approaches.


    eggs magnified, nearing hatching
    (Photo: copyright Cathy Byrne)

    The species has been found in

  • New South Wales,
  • Victoria, and
  • Tasmania.


    male, drawing by Achille Guenée, listed as Hypochroma percomptaria
    ,
    Uranides et Phalénites, Histoire Naturelle des Insectes; Spécies Général des Lépidoptères,
    Volume 9, Part 9 (1857), Plate 6, fig. 4,
    image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 26.13, fig. 37.5, p. 371.

    Achille Guenée,
    Uranides et Phalénites,
    in Boisduval & Guenée:
    Histoire naturelle des insectes; spécies général des lépidoptères,
    Volume 9, Part 9 (1857), pp. 280-281, No. 448, and also Plate 6, fig. 4.

    Axel Hausmann, Manfred Sommerer, Rodolphe Rougerie & Paul Hebert,
    Hypobapta tachyhalotaria spec. nov. from Tasmania – an example of a new species revealed by DNA barcoding,
    Spixiana,
    Volume 32, Number 2 (November 2009), pp. 161-166.

    Peter Marriott,
    Moths of Victoria: Part 4,
    Emeralds and Allies - GEOMETROIDEA (B)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2012, pp. 30-31.


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    (updated 28 June 2013, 21 June 2018)