Lophosigna catasticta (Turner, 1904)
White-capped Geometrid
(previously known as Gastrina catasticta)
NACOPHORINI,   ENNOMINAE,   GEOMETRIDAE
  
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Lophosigna catasticta
male
(Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda, Queensland)

The Caterpillars of this species have been found on

  • Willow Bottlebrush ( Melaleuca salicina, MYRTACEAE ).

    The male adult moths have forewings that are blotchy brown with ragged white bands across them, and with chequered margins. The hindwings are nearly plain grey, with dark margins.

    Lophosigna catasticta
    female
    (Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda, Queensland)

    The females are similar to the males but also have an extra scattering of white markings on the forewings. The moths have a wingspan of about 3.5 cms.

    Lophosigna catasticta
    female
    (Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

    The species is found in Australia in

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales, and
  • Victoria.


    Further reading :

    Marilyn Hewish,
    Moths of Victoria: Part 5 - Satin Moths and Allies - GEOMETROIDEA (A),
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2014, pp. 26-27.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 65.

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    New Australian Lepidoptera,
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume 28 (1904), pp. 237-238.


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    (written 28 December 2013, 16 January 2016, 12 November 2019)