(formerly known as Chlenias belidearia)
NACOPHORINI, ENNOMINAE, GEOMETRIDAE, GEOMETROIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Steve Williams, Moths of Victoria: Part 5)
This Caterpillar is initially brown with some black marks. As it grows, it becomes green with a yellow-edged white stripe down its back, a blunt horn on the tail, and two blunt yellow-tipped horns on the head. The head and legs are pale reddish-brown.
The caterpillars feed on the foliage of
The caterpillars pupate in a cocoon in the soil.
The adult moths have brown forewings, each with a central dark spot and a paler marginal half. The hindwings are grey. The forewings have slightly hooked wingtips. The wingspan is about 6 cms.
The species occurs in:
The eggs are ellipsoidal and pale brown, and laid in irregular clumps. The eggs turn dark brown as hatching approaches.
Further reading :
Rudolf Felder & Alois F. Rogenhofer,
Zoologischer Theil: Lepidoptera,
Reise der Osterreichischen Fregatte Novara,
Band 2, Abtheilung 2 (5) (1875), p. 6, and also Plate 124, fig. 9.
Moths of Victoria: Part 5
Satin Moths and Allies - GEOMETROIDEA (A),
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2014, pp. 34-35.
(written 27 October 2014, updated 3 January 2016)