Hypobapta tachyhalotaria Hausmann et al., 2009
Varied Grey
GEOMETRINAE,   GEOMETRIDAE,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
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and
Stella Crossley

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

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

  • Gum Trees ( Eucalyptus, MYRTACEAE ).

    Hypobapta tachyhalotaria
    (Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Moths of Victoria: Part 4)

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

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

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

    Evidence from DNA has shown that most specimens from mainland Australia that were thought previously to be Hypobapta percomptaria are actually in a species complex currently named Hypobapta tachyhalotaria, and that Hypobapta percomptaria probably only exists in Tasmania. Thus the renamed specimens can be found in

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Australian Capital Territory,
  • Victoria,
  • Tasmania,
  • South Australia, and
  • Western 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 B. McQuillan, Jan A. Forrest, David Keane, & Roger Grund,
    Caterpillars, moths, and their plants of Southern Australia,
    Butterfly Conservation South Australia Inc., Adelaide (2019), p. 139.

    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, 21 June 2018, 10 February 2019, 21 April 2021)