(previously known as: Teinocladia cuculloides)
NACOPHORINI , ENNOMINAE , GEOMETRIDAE , GEOMETROIDEA
Cathy Young & Stella Crossley
(Photo: courtesy of Steve Williams, Moths of Victoria: Part 5)
This Caterpillar is initially green with a dark brown dorsal line. In later instars, the dorsal line breaks into a series of dark patches, one on each segment.
In the last instars, the dorsal line only extends along the thorax, and a becomes a series of brown spots on the abdomenal segments, The spiracles are white with red outlines. It feeds on the foliage of plants in MYRTACEAE such as
as well as other plants including
Later, the caterpillar becomes reddish, especially the head and tail, but retaining the same markings.
The adult moth of this species has pale grey patterned forewings with dark veins. The hindwings are plain white. The wingspan of the males is about 5 cms. The wingspan of the females is about 6 cms.
Unusually for Geometrids, it folds its wings tightly along its back when at rest, making a shape that tapers to a point at the end of the abdomen.
The eggs are laid in a close array. Initially they are white with a dark spot, but become darker as hatching approaches. Their shape is roughly spherical with a fine hexagonal pattern embossed on the surface.
The species has been found in:
Further reading :
Moths of Victoria: Part 5,
Satin Moths and Allies - GEOMETROIDEA (A),
Entomological Society of Victoria,
2014, pp. 5, 18-19, 30-31.
Atlas der Heterocera Sphingida. Noctuida,
in R. Felder & A.F. Rogenhofer: Reise der Österreichischen Fregatte Novara um die Erde,
Heft IV, Band 2, Abtheilung 2 (1875), p. 9, and also Plate 96, fig. 9.
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 1 April 2011, 26 September 2013, 7 June 2014, 16 January 2016)