Wattle Bizarre Looper
(formerly known as Comibaena pieroides)
GEOMETRINAE, GEOMETRIDAE, GEOMETROIDEA
Peter Marriott & Stella Crossley
(Photo: courtesy of Nick Monaghan, Tewantin, Queensland)
The young Caterpillars of this species are brown. They look extraordinary, attaching pairs of bits of frass and other debris to the back of each segment symmetrically. The mature caterpillars develop a pair of flanges on the back of each segment, and resemble the ragged edge of a partially eaten leaf.
The caterpillars eat leaves from a wide variety of plants, including :
The caterpillar pupates in a silk cocoon spun between dead leaves.
The adult males and female moths 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, 10 July 2018)