NACOPHORINI, ENNOMINAE, GEOMETRIDAE, GEOMETROIDEA
Cathy Byrne & Stella Crossley
(Photo: copyright Cathy Byrne)
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.
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. The wingspan is about 3 cms.
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.
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 species has been found in
Further reading :
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.
(updated 4 March 2005, 7 June 2014, 19 December 2015, 3 January 2016, 20 June 2017)