(previously known as Hypochroma percomptaria)
GEOMETRINAE, GEOMETRIDAE, GEOMETROIDEA
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.
The caterpillars feed on :
The pupa is mottled brown.
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.
The eggs are smooth and somewhat conical ovals. They are laid in irregular clusters.
Initially the eggs are white, and turn purplish as hatching approaches.
The species has been found in
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 26.13, fig. 37.5, p. 371.
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,
Volume 32, Number 2 (November 2009), pp. 161-166.
Moths of Victoria: Part 4,
Emeralds and Allies - GEOMETROIDEA (B),
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2012, pp. 30-31.
(updated 28 June 2013)