(one synonym : Eucymatoge peplodes Turner, 1904)
XANTHORHOINI, LARENTIINAE, GEOMETRIDAE, GEOMETROIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)
The early instar of this caterpillar is green and smooth, with a faint white lateral line each side, and with pale yellow shading between the segments.
The mature larva is brown dorsally with a dark brown herring-bone pattern. Underneath it is pale brown.
The caterpillar has been found feeding on :
but has been reared successfully on:
The caterpillar grows to a length of about 2 cms. The life cycle is short, with the caterpillar stage only taking about 25 days in summer in Melbourne.
The pupal stage lasts 12-18 days in summer in Melbourne.
The adult has forewings that are brown, traversed by variable wavy bands and lines. Similar bands occur on the body. The pattern on the hindwings is less pronounced. In its resting posture, the moth usually holds the wings flat, with the hindwings covered by the forewings. This moth sometimes rests with the wings folded up vertically like a butterfly.
The underside is like the top only the colouring is less marked. The moths have a wingspan of about 3 cms.
The eggs are ellipsoidal with a minute surface pattern. Initially the eggs are pale green, and grow brown and darker as hatching approaches.
The species have been found in
The adult moths of this species are similar in pattern to those of Epyaxa subidaria, however the first line on the forewing meets the costa in a right angle, whereas that of Epyaxa subidaria meets it at an acute angle.
Moths of Victoria: Part 3,
Waves & Carpets - GEOMETROIDEA (C),
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2011, pp. 26-27.
List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
Part 25 (1862), p. 1410, No. 73.
(updated 9 September 2013, 2 June 2018, 19 October 2020)