(previously known as Hydriomena gypsomela) XANTHORHOINI, LARENTIINAE, GEOMETRIDAE, GEOMETROIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Moths of Victoria: Part 3)
The Caterpillars of this species are a mottled brown. They feed nocturnally, hiding on the ground under leaves by day. The caterpillars have been found feeding on variety of herbaceous plants including
Pupation occurs in a flimsy cocoon among the leaf litter.
The adult moths have dark brown wings with two variable broad pale zigzag bands across each forewing. The hindwings are paler with a vestigial pattern. The males and females are similar to each other. The resting posture of the moth has the wings flat, and the forewings covering the hindwings. The moths have a wingspan of about 2.5 cms.
The oval eggs are initially off-white, turning green as they near hatching. They are laid singly near a foodplant.
The species has been found in
The name of this moth may be a junior synonym of Chrysolarentia argodesma Meyrick, 1891 which looks superficially very similar.
Oswald B. Lower,
Descriptions of New South Australian Lepidoptera,
Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
Volume 15 (1892), p. 11.
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. 112.
Moths of Victoria: Part 3,
Waves & Carpets - GEOMETROIDEA (C),
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2011, pp. 16-17.
(written 3 March 2013, updated 30 April 2018, 13 October 2019, 31 March 2021)