Epicyme rubropunctaria (Doubleday, 1843)
Red-spotted Delicate
(previously known as Ptychopoda rubropunctaria)
ASTHENINI,   LARENTIINAE,   GEOMETRIDAE,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Epicyme rubropunctaria
(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.

Epicyme rubropunctaria
(Photo: courtesy of S. Williams, Moths of Victoria: Part 3)

The caterpillar has been found feeding on plants in the genera:

  • Raspworts ( Haloragis, HALORAGACEAE ), and
  • Cranesbills ( Geranium, GERANIACEAE ).

    Pupation occurs in a cocoon in detritus near the food plant.

    Epicyme rubropunctaria
    (Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Aranda, Australian Capital Territory).

    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:

  • New Zealand,

    as well as in Australia in:

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


    Further reading:

    Edward Doubleday,
    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.

    Peter Marriott,
    Moths of Victoria: Part 3,
    Waves & Carpets - GEOMETROIDEA (C)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2011, pp. 32-33.


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    (updated 9 September 2013, 12 June 2014)