Hypobapta tachyhalotaria Hausmann et al., 2009
Varied Grey
GEOMETRINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of David Hewitt, Melbourne, Victoria)

This Caterpillar is green with a conical head. The caterpillars feed on :

  • Gum Trees ( Eucalyptus, MYRTACEAE ).


    (Photo: courtesy of Rose Zhang, Sydney, New South Wales)

    The adult moth is grey-brown with wavy lines. Tasmanian specimens are generally paler than mainland specimens. The wingspan is about 5 cms.


    underside
    (Photo: courtesy of David Hewitt, Melbourne, Victoria)

    The eggs are smooth and somewhat conical ovals. They are laid in irregular clusters.


    underside
    (Photo: courtesy of Rose Zhang, Sydney, New South Wales)

    Recent DNA evidence has shown that most specimens from mainland Australia thought to be Hypobapta percomptaria are actually in a species complex currently named Hypobapta tachyhalotaria, and that Hypobapta percomptaria probably only exists in Tasmania. Thus Hypobapta tachyhalotaria is found, and probably misnamed, in

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Victoria,
  • Tasmania, and
  • South Australia.


    Further reading :

    Axel Hausmann, Manfred Sommerer, Rodolphe Rougerie & Paul Hebert,
    Hypobapta tachyhalotaria spec. nov. from Tasmania an example of a new species revealed by DNA barcoding,
    Spixiana, Volume 32, Number 2 (November 2009), pp. 161-166.

    Peter Marriott,
    Moths of Victoria: Part 4,
    Emeralds and Allies - GEOMETROIDEA (B)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2012, pp. 30-31.


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    (updated 28 June 2013)