Golden-winged Gum Moth
(previously known as Onychodes heliochrysa)
NACOPHORINI, ENNOMINAE, GEOMETRIDAE, GEOMETROIDEA
Cathy Byrne & Stella Crossley
(Photo: copyright Cathy Byrne)
These Caterpillars have a humped back. They are brown with black spiracles, yellow spots and sparse hairs. The caterpillars feed on the foliage of :
The adult moths have brown forewings with variable dark markings. The hindwings are yellow, sometimes with partial brown bands along the margins The moths repose with the wings held across the back like a tent. The wingspan is about 6 cms.
The eggs are laid in an irregular array. They are oval, and coloured dull red, and covered in tiny pimples.
The species is found in the mountains of
Further reading :
Moths of Victoria: Part 5 - Satin Moths and Allies - GEOMETROIDEA (A),
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2014, pp. 6-7, 32-33.
Oswald B. Lower,
Descriptions of new Australian Heterocera,
Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
Volume 17 (1893), p. 288.
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 17 September 2011, 11 January 2016)