Fisera eribola (Guest, 1887)
Orange-hooded Crest-moth
(previously known as Criomacha eribola)
NACOPHORINI ,   ENNOMINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Cathy Young & Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Aranda, Australian Capital Territory)

These caterpillars are green with black-circled white spots.


(Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Aranda, Australian Capital Territory)

There are a pair of pinkish fleshy horns behind the head and a smaller pair on the tail. The true legs are pink. The head looks as though it has a pink nose, and big white eyes with black dots.


(Photo: courtesy of Marilyn Hewish, Moths of Victoria: Part 5)

The adult moths of this species have forewings that are brown two dark zig-zag lines across each forewing. The hindwings are off-white with broad brown margins.


(Photo: copyright Cathy Young)

At rest the moths wrap their wings around the body. The wingspan is about 5 cms.

The species has been found in:

  • Australian Capital Territory,
  • Victoria, and
  • South Australia.

    The eggs are oval and minutely pitted.


    eggs, highly magnified
    (Photo: copyright Cathy Young)


    Further reading :

    Edward Guest,
    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. 19.

    Marilyn Hewish,
    Moths of Victoria: Part 5 - Satin Moths and Allies - GEOMETROIDEA (A),
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2014, pp. 34-35.

    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 18 June 2011)