(also known as Pasiphilodes testulata)
EUPITHECIINI, LARENTIINAE, GEOMETRIDAE, GEOMETROIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Steve Williams, Moths of Victoria: Part 3)
These caterpillars have been found feeding on
On Wattle: the caterpillars initially are yellowish brown, which provides them with great camouflage amongst the Wattle flowers.
Later caterpillars develop a pale edged dark line along the back.
The adult moth is a variable grey or brown, sometimes with a broad pale band across each wing.
The wingspan is about 2 cms.
The eggs are oval, pale brown, and laid separately.
The species has been found in :
as well as in Australia in
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, pp. 67, 377.
Uranides et Phalénites,
in Boisduval & Guenée:
Histoire naturelle des insectes; spécies général des lépidoptères,
Volume 9, Part 10 (1857), p. 352, No. 1471.
Peter B. McQuillan, Jan A. Forrest, David Keane, & Roger Grund,
Caterpillars, moths, and their plants of Southern Australia,
Butterfly Conservation South Australia Inc., Adelaide (2019), pp. 106-107.
Moths of Victoria: Part 3,
Waves & Carpets - GEOMETROIDEA (C),
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2011, pp. 30-31.
(updated 26 February 2013, 10 October 2018, 5 September 2020, 12 February 2021)