Thalassodes pilaria Guenée, 1857
GEOMETRINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda, Queensland)

With wings that are green, the adult moths of this species are members of the group called 'Emeralds'. For this species, each wing has a faint darker band edged in white across the middle, and the hindwings each have an angular margin. The moths have a wing span of about 3 cms.


underside
(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

The species occurs across the south Pacific basin, including :

  • Fiji,
  • Society Islands,
  • Tahiti,

    as well as in Australia in

  • Queensland.


    Further reading

    Achille Guenée,
    Uranides et Phalénites,
    in Boisduval & Guenée:
    Histoire naturelle des insectes; spécies général des lépidoptères,
    Volume 9, Part 9 (1857), p. 361, No. 567, and also Plate 15, fig. 2.


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    (updated 31 March 2011, 30 October 2014)