Palleopa innotata Walker, 1866
Finely-streaked Crest-moth
NACOPHORINI ,   ENNOMINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Cathy Young & Stella Crossley


(Photo: copyright Cathy Young)

When young, these caterpillars are brown on top, with a greenish dorsal stripe, and are off-white underneath. Older caterpillars are reddish-brown with some black and white spots along the sides.

The Caterpillars feed on the foliage of :

  • various Gum Trees ( Eucalyptus, MYRTACEAE ).


    male
    (Photo: copyright Cathy Young)

    The adult moths have brown forewings, each with some fine dark streaks near the margins, and recurved wingtips. The hindwings are pale brown with a dark area by the wingtips. At rest, the forewings are held over the hindwings. The wingspan is about 6 cms.


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

    Eggs are green and laid in a neat array on the leaf of a foodplant.


    (Photo: copyright Cathy Young)

    The species is found in south-eastern Australia, including

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


    Further reading :

    Marilyn Hewish,
    Moths of Victoria: Part 5
    Satin Moths and Allies - GEOMETROIDEA (A),
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2014, pp. 28-29.

    Catherine J. Young & Peter B. McQuillan,
    Redescription of the little-known Australian geometrid moth Palleopa innotata Walker, 1866 (Lepidoptera: Geometridae: Ennominae),
    Insect Systematics and Evolution,
    Volume 32 (2001), Part 3, pp. 263-278.

    Francis Walker,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 35, Supplement 5 (1866), p. 1956.


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    (updated 17 September 2011, 13 January 2016)