(previously known as Ptychopoda rubropunctaria)
ASTHENINI, LARENTIINAE, GEOMETRIDAE, GEOMETROIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of S. Williams, Moths of Victoria: Part 3)
Early instars of the Caterpillar of this species are white with dark brown bands along the body. Later instars become green.
The caterpillar has been found feeding on plants in the genera:
Pupation occurs in a cocoon in detritus near the food plant.
The adult moth is brown with wiggly dark lines across the wings, and often has two prominent reddish splodges on each forewing. The moths have a wingspan of about 2.5 cms.
The species occurs in southern Australiasia, including:
as well as in Australia in:
with Adam White : List of the annulose animals hitherto recorded as found in New Zealand with descriptions of some new species,
in Ernest Dieffenbach: Travels in New Zealand,
John Murray, London 1843, Volume 2, p. 287, No. 123.
Moths of Victoria: Part 3,
Waves & Carpets - GEOMETROIDEA (C),
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2011, pp. 32-33.
(updated 9 September 2013, 12 June 2014)