Gastrina cristaria Guenée, 1857
Wave-lined Geometrid
(one synonym : Passa latifasciata Walker, 1866)
NACOPHORINI ,   ENNOMINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Gastrina cristaria
(Photo: courtesy of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)

This Caterpillar is brown and smooth. It is a true looper with only one pair of ventral prolegs.

Gastrina cristaria
(Photo: courtesy of Evan Harris, Ipswich, Queensland)

The adult moth has fawn wings with wavy patterns on them. The wingspan is about 4 cms.

Gastrina cristaria
(Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Melbourne, Victoria)

The eggs are white and oval. They are laid in clusters or strings of half a dozen or so, on leaves of a food plant.

Gastrina cristaria
(Photo: courtesy of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)

The species is found over the south-eastern quarter of Australia, including:

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Australian Capital Territory,
  • Victoria, and
  • Tasmania.

    Gastrina cristaria
    male, drawing by Achille Guenée, Uranides et Phalénites,

    Histoire naturelle des insectes; spécies général des lépidoptères,
    Volume 9, Part 9 (1857), Plate 5, fig. 4,
    image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 34.15, p. 365.

    Achille Guenée,
    Uranides et Phalénites,
    in Boisduval & Guenée:
    Histoire naturelle des insectes; spécies général des lépidoptères,
    Volume 9, Part 9 (1857), p. 224, No. 335, and also Plate 5, fig. 4.

    Marilyn Hewish,
    Moths of Victoria: Part 5 - Satin Moths and Allies - GEOMETROIDEA (A),
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2014, pp. 6-7, 16-17.

    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 20 July 2010, 16 September 2013, 16 January 2016)