Amelora belemnophora Turner, 1947
Ribbon-Cape-moth
NACOPHORINI ,   ENNOMINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Cathy Young & Stella Crossley


(Photo: copyright Cathy Young)

These Caterpillars are brown with a black head that has white dots. It only has one pair of prolegs in addition to the claspers, so it moves in a looper fashion. It rests on the prolegs and claspers looking like a twig.


female
(Photo: courtesy of Marilyn Hewish, Moths of Victoria: Part 5)

The adult moths are brown with striking dark broad zig-zag bands across each forewing. The hindwings are pale brown, each with a fuzzy dark spot near the middle.


male
(Photo: courtesy of Marilyn Hewish, Moths of Victoria: Part 5)

The moths are inclined to rest with their wings folded over the back like a tent, in common with most of the moths in NACOPHORINI.


eggs magnified
(Photo: copyright Cathy Young)

The eggs are laid in a row. They are smooth and squarish-oval, and each has a broad dimple. Their colour is white with red spots. The wingspan is about 2.5 cms.

The species has been found in

  • Queensland,
  • Victoria,
  • South Australia, and
  • Western Australia.


    Further reading :

    Marilyn Hewish,
    Moths of Victoria: Part 5,
    Satin Moths and Allies - GEOMETROIDEA (A)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2014, pp. 10-11.

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    New Australian species of Boarmiadae (Lepidoptera),
    Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland,
    Volume 58 (1947), p. 107, No. 88.

    Catherine J. Young,
    Characterisation of the Australian Nacophorini and a Phylogeny for the Geometridae from Molecular and Morphological Data,
    Ph.D. thesis, University of Tasmania, 2003.


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    (updated 4 March 2005, 7 June 2014, 19 December 2015, 3 January 2016)