Epyaxa subidaria (Guenée, 1857)
Subidaria Moth
(previously known as Coremia subidaria)
XANTHORHOINI,   LARENTIINAE,   GEOMETRIDAE,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


early instar
(Photo: courtesy of S. Williams, Moths of Victoria: Part 3).

These Caterpillars change their colour at each instar, through alternating various shades of green and brown.


later instar
(Photo: courtesy of S. Williams, Moths of Victoria: Part 3).

They have been raised on

  • Burr Medic ( Medicago species, FABACEAE ).


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

    The caterpillars pupate in a tough cocoon covered in frass and detritus amongst the ground debris.


    male
    (Photo: courtesy of Laura Levens, Upper Beaconsfield, Victoria).

    The adult moth is brown with variable light and dark bands across the wings. This moth sometimes rests with the wings folded up vertically like a butterfly. The moths have a wing span of about 2 cms.


    female
    (Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Moths of Victoria: Part 3).

    The species occurs in Australia in :

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


    underside
    (Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Moths of Victoria: Part 3).


    Further reading:

    Achille Guenée,
    Uranides et Phalénites II,
    in Boisduval & Guenée: Histoire naturelle des insectes; spécies général des lépidoptères,
    Volume 10, Part 2 (1857), p. 412, No. 1565.

    Peter Marriott,
    Moths of Victoria: Part 3,
    Waves & Carpets - GEOMETROIDEA (C)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2011, pp. 12-13, 26-27.


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    (updated 31 March 2011, 9 September 2013, 6 August 2014)