Fisera halurga Turner, 1919
(previously known as Amelora amblopa)
NACOPHORINI ,   ENNOMINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Cathy Young & Stella Crossley


(Photo: copyright Cathy Young)

Initially these caterpillars are brown with a pale pink dorsal stripe. The caterpillars feed on the foliage of:

  • Gum Trees ( Eucalyptus, MYRTACEAE ).

    In later instars, the caterpillars become green with a yellow dorsal stripe, scattered yellow dots, and a thin yellow stripe along each side. They also have two short blunt yellow horns above the head, and a short yellow knob on the tail. The head is off-white with black speckles.


    (Photo: copyright Cathy Young)

    The adult moths have forewings that are brown with an arc of brown dots. The hindwings are white shading to brown at the margins. The wingspan is about 5 cms.


    (Photo: copyright Cathy Young)

    The species has been found in Australia in

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales, and
  • Victoria.


    Further reading :

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    Revision of Australian Lepidoptera. VI (Third instalment),
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 44 (1919), p. 390, No. 242.

    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 29 April 2005, 13 July 2015)