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


(Photo: copyright Cathy Young)

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


(Photo: copyright Cathy Young)

The caterpillars feed on :

  • Gum Trees ( Eucalyptus, MYRTACEAE ).


    pupa
    (Photo: copyright Cathy Young)

    The pupa is mottled brown.


    (Photo: copyright Cathy Young)

    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, 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.

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


    eggs magnified
    (Photo: copyright Cathy Young)

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


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

    The species has been found in

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


    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)