Tympanota perophora (Turner, 1922)
Podocarpus Moth
(previously known as Sauris perophora)
LARENTIINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Tympanota perophora
(Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Moths of Victoria: Part 3)

These caterpillars have been found feeding on

  • Mountain Plum Pine ( Podocarpus lawrencei, PODOCARPACEAE ).

    The adult moth has green patches amongst wavy light and dark brown bands across each forewing. The hindwing is off-white with some brown shadowy bands near the margins. The hindwings are only about half the area of the forewings. The wingspan varies from 2 to 3 cms. The green colour fades to yellow in museum specimens.

    This species has been found highland regions of Australia in:

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Australian Capital Territory, and
  • Victoria.


    Further reading:

    Peter Marriott,
    Moths of Victoria: Part 3,
    Waves & Carpets - GEOMETROIDEA (C)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2011, pp. 24-25.

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    Australian Lepidoptera of the group Geometrites,
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume 46 (1922), p. 230.


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    (written 14 Septembner 2013)