(one synonym : Panagra mixtaria Walker, 1863)
EUPITHECIINI, LARENTIINAE, GEOMETRIDAE, GEOMETROIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Steve Williams, Moths of Victoria: Part 3)
These Caterpillars are initially yellowish green with a pair of black dots on the back of each segement. The caterpillars are missing three pairs of prolegs, so the caterpillars walk in a looper fashion. Initially the caterpillars feed on the flowers of various
Later instars become bluish green with a pale brown head, and the body develops a corrugated appearance. These later instars feed on the leaves of their foodplant.
The adult moths of this species have a complex grey-brown pattern on the forewings, with some orange tinting along the dark zigzag postmedial line. The hindwings significantly smaller than the forewings, having only about 60% of the area of the forewings.
The females have a muted grey-brown pattern on the hindwings. The males have an extra messy brown patch near the middle of each hindwing. The moths have a wingspan of about 2 cms.
The undersides are plain grey, except the males have a dark patch near the middle of each hindwing.
The eggs are ellipsoidal with microscopic pitting. The eggs are laid in irregular clusters. The eggs are initially white, but turn brown as hatching approaches.
The species occurs in
Uranides et Phalénites,
in Boisduval & Guenée:
Histoire naturelle des insectes; spécies général des lépidoptères,
Volume 9, Part 10 (1857), p. 297, No. 1386, and also Plate 15, fig. 8.
Moths of Victoria: Part 3,
Waves & Carpets - GEOMETROIDEA (C),
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2011, pp. 30-31.
(updated 13 September 2013, 2 June 2018, 15 August 2020)