(one synonym is: Xanthorhoe platydesma Lower, 1894)
XANTHORHOINI, LARENTIINAE, GEOMETRIDAE, GEOMETROIDEA
(Photo: Don Herbison-Evans, Manly, New South Wales)
This Caterpillar is grey-brown and smooth, with a zigzag pattern along the sides.
These markings fade in later instars. In Sydney, the caterpillar was found feeding on:
It grows to a length of about 3 cms.
The adult moth is brown with a wavy pattern of darker brown. It has a wingspan of about 3 cms. Some specimens are paler than others. Some have four white dots, one on the outer edge of each wing.
Some have a large orange patch on each forewing.
The species occurs in
Further reading :
Oswald B. Lower,
New Australian Heterocera,
Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
Volume 18 (1894), pp. 79-80.
Revision of Scotocyma Turner (Lepidoptera: Geometridae: Larentiinae),
Australian Journal of Entomology,
Volume 44 (2005), pp. 257–278.
Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
Part 35, Supplement 5 (1866), p. 1689.
(updated 1 January 2010, 28 May 2017)