Wattle Bizarre Looper
(formerly known as Comibaena pieroides)
GEOMETRINAE, GEOMETRIDAE, GEOMETROIDEA
Peter Marriott & Stella Crossley
(Photo: courtesy of Nick Monaghan, Tewantin, Queensland)
The mature Caterpillars of this species look extraordinary, having a flange each side of each segment. They are brown, and resemble the ragged edge of a partially eaten leaf. The young Caterpillars have no flanges, but attach frass and other debris to their backs symmetrically, like the flanges they are going to develop.
The caterpillars eat leaves from a wide variety of plants, including :
The adult males and females look very different.
The male is green, with a white pattern.
The female is green with brown borders.
The moths have a wingspan of about 3 cms. They may be distinguished from some similar species as the hind wings have scalloped edges.
The species is found in
There has been probably some confusion with similar species in reports of its occurrence in
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, pls. 11.1, 27.2, 27.3, p. 373.
At the light trap,
Butterflies and Other Invertebrates Club,
Newsletter Issue 45 (June 2007), pp. 18-22.
List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
Part 22 (1861), pp. 580-581, No. 25.
Paul Zborowski and Ted Edwards,
A Guide to Australian Moths,
CSIRO Publishing, 2007, p. 138.
(updated 6 November 2010, 18 October 2014, 19 June 2016)