Anachloris uncinata (Guenée, 1858)
(one synonym : Cidaria gallinata Felder & Rogenhofer, 1875)
HYDRIOMENINI ,   LARENTIINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Anachloris uncinata
female
(Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Aranda).

These Caterpillars are initially green, but some later become brown. They feed on the foliage of :

  • Grey Guinea Flower ( Hibbertia obtusifolia, DILLENIACEAE ), and
  • Erect Guinea Flower ( Hibbertia riparia, DILLENIACEAE ).

    Anachloris uncinata
    female (sorry it is not a colour image)
    (Photo: courtesy of Olga and Stefan Schmidt)

    In the adult moths, the wing coloration and pattern are very variable. The wings vary from grey to brown, with an indistinct dark mark at the apex and divergent markings across the middle of each forewing which sometimes make a 'V' shape. The forewings have a recurved margin with a pointed apex. The moths have a wingspan of about 3 cms.

    Anachloris uncinata
    male
    (Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Fremantle, Western Australia).

    The species occurs in the southern half of Australia, including

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

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


    Further reading :

    Rudolf Felder & Alois F. Rogenhofer,
    Reise der Osterreichischen Fregatte Novara,
    Band 2, Abtheilung 2 (5) (1875), plate 117.16.

    Peter Marriott,
    Moths of Victoria: Part 3 - Waves & Carpets - GEOMETROIDEA (C),
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2011, pp. 12-13, 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, 8 October 2013)