Anachloris tofocolorata Schmidt, 2001
Sandstone Carpet
HYDRIOMENINI ,   LARENTIINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Anachloris tofocolorata
female
(Photo: courtesy of Olga Schmidt)

These Caterpillars feed on the buds and flowers of :

  • Twiggy Guinea Flower ( Hibbertia virgata, DILLENIACEAE ).

    Anachloris tofocolorata
    male (sorry it is not a colour image)
    (Photo: courtesy of Olga Schmidt)

    The adult moths have forewings that are usually pale ochreous in colour (greyish in winter forms). The forewings in both sexes have the apex slightly pointed, and the termen slightly sinuate. There are two obscure dark lines across each forewing converging on the inner margin which often end in a dark mark. The moths have a wingspan of about 3 cms.

    The name of this species has nothing to do with tofu. The name “tofocolorata” is derived from the Latin “tofus” which means “sandstone”. The species occurs in relatively dry sandy areas, and has wings coloured like a sandstone.

    The species occurs in the southern half of mainland Australia, including

  • New South Wales,
  • Victoria,
  • South Australia, and
  • Western Australia.


    Further reading :

    Peter Marriott,
    Moths of Victoria: Part 3,
    Waves & Carpets - GEOMETROIDEA (C)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2011, pp. 28-29.

    Olga Schmidt,
    Australian species of Anachloris Meyrick (Lepidoptera: Geometridae: Larentiinae): taxonomy, musculature of the male genitalia and systematic position,
    Australian Journal of Entomology,
    Volume 40, part 3 (July 2001), pp. 219-230.


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    (updated 24 February 2013)