(previously known as Criomacha eribola)
NACOPHORINI, ENNOMINAE, GEOMETRIDAE, GEOMETROIDEA
Cathy Byrne & Stella Crossley
(Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Aranda, Australian Capital Territory)
These caterpillars are green with black-circled white spots.
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.
The adult moths of this species have forewings that are brown, each with two dark vague transverse zig-zag lines, and some orange veins. The hindwings are off-white with broad brown margins. The head and thorax are orange.
At rest: the moths wrap their wings around the body, and look remarkably like a twig. The wingspan is about 5 cms.
The species has been found in:
The eggs are oval and minutely pitted.
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. 19.
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.
(updated 18 June 2011, 9 April 2019, 14 February 2021)