Agathia pisina Butler, 1887
(one synonym : Agathia asterias Meyrick, 1888)
GEOMETRINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


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

The Caterpillars of this species feed on:

  • Native Rubber Vine ( Gymnanthera oblonga, APOCYNACEAE ).


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

    The adult moths are green with brown markings. The females have rather more brown markings than the male. The hindwings are unusual in having a cusp halfway along the margin. There is also a cusp at each hindwing tornus, coloured brown with a white spot. The wingspan is about 4 cms.

    The species has been found in:

  • Solomons Islands,

    as well as in Australia in

  • Queensland, and
  • Norfolk Island.


    Norfolk Island
    1976


    Further reading

    Arthur G. Butler,
    Descriptions of New Species of Lepidoptera from the Solomon Islands, collected by c.M. Woodford, Esq. ,
    The Annals and Magazine of Natural History,
    Series 5, Volume 20 (1887), pp. 243-244, No. 6.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 74.


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    (updated 21 December 2010)