Dry-leaf Gum Moth
(previously known as Amelora amblopa)
NACOPHORINI, ENNOMINAE, GEOMETRIDAE, GEOMETROIDEA
Cathy Byrne & Stella Crossley
(Photo: courtesy of Peter McQuillan)
These Caterpillars are grey or brown with yellow or orange dots. Their claspers are splayed out like a fish tail, and there are a dorsal pair of pale fleshy knobs on the second abdominal segment.
The caterpillars feed on the mature foliage of various Gum Trees (MYRTACEAE), such as
The caterpillars pupate on the ground in a cocoon which they cover with debris.
The adult moths are brownish purple, with a vague pale or dark mark halfway along the hind margin of each forewing. The forewings have recurved wingtips, and the hindwings each have an angular tornus. The wingspan is about 3.5 cms.
The moth usually rests with the hindwings covered. The females have thread-like antennae. The males have very feathery antennae.
The species has been found in:
The eggs are laid in a row along the edge of a leaf. The eggs are egg-shaped and white with dark purplish-brown specks that expand to colour the whole egg as it approaches hatching.
Further reading :
A classified list of Geometrina found around Balhannah, with notes on species,
Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
Volume 9 (1887), p. 139, No. 16.
Moths of Victoria: Part 5 - Satin Moths and Allies - GEOMETROIDEA (A),
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2014, pp. 18-19, 32-33, back cover.
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 19 September 2011, 17 September 2013, 7 June 2014, 11 January 2016, 29 September 2020, 12 March 2021)