(one synonym : Passa latifasciata Walker, 1866)
NACOPHORINI, ENNOMINAE, GEOMETRIDAE, GEOMETROIDEA
(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.
The adult moth has fawn wings with wavy patterns on them. The wingspan is about 4 cms.
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.
The species is found over the south-eastern quarter of Australia, including:
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 34.15, p. 365.
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.
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.
(updated 20 July 2010, 16 September 2013, 16 January 2016)