GEOMETRINAE, GEOMETRIDAE, GEOMETROIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of David Hewitt, Melbourne, Victoria)
This Caterpillar is green with a conical head. The caterpillars feed on :
The adult moth is grey-brown with wavy lines. Tasmanian specimens are generally paler than mainland specimens. The wingspan is about 5 cms.
The eggs are smooth and somewhat conical ovals. They are laid in irregular clusters.
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
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.
Moths of Victoria: Part 4,
Emeralds and Allies - GEOMETROIDEA (B),
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2012, pp. 30-31.
(updated 28 June 2013)