Grassland or Tunbridge Looper
(one synonym is: Camptogramma monacmaria Mabille, 1897)
XANTHORHOINI, LARENTIINAE, GEOMETRIDAE, GEOMETROIDEA
Cathy Byrne & Stella Crossley
These Caterpillars are threatened with extinction. They feed in native pastures on herbaceous plants that such as :
The caterpillars are brown with a broad pale dorsal stripe, and a similar stripe each side. It has short sparse hairs, each arising from a darker brown spot.
Since the nineteenth century the species has been in decline. This is probably due to:
The species is now considered to be threatened.
The adult moths have brown wings with wavy pale bands across them. The wingspan is about 2 cms.
The species has been found in
Moths of Victoria: Part 3,
Waves & Carpets - GEOMETROIDEA (C),
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2011, pp. 20-21.
List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
Part 26 (1863), p. 1671, Pg. 1088.
(updated 2 March 2013, 12 May 2018, 8 September 2021)