Mitre Satin Moth
(one synonym : Plusargyria principaria Herrich-Schaffer, 1855)
NACOPHORINI, ENNOMINAE, GEOMETRIDAE, GEOMETROIDEA
Cathy Young & Stella Crossley
(Photo: copyright Catherine J. Young)
These caterpillars are green, with a dark dorsal line, and two yellow dorsal spots on the first abdominal segment.
The adult moths are silky white, with a bold network of rusty brown lines outlined in black on each forewing, and a rusty mark on the margin of each hindwing.
The wingspan is about 5 cms.
The eggs are pale green and nearly spherical. They are covered in microscopic pits, and laid in irregular clusters.
Specimens have been caught in
Further reading :
Moths of Victoria: Part 5 - Satin Moths and Allies - GEOMETROIDEA (A),
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2014, pp. 2, 19, 30-31.
Peter B. McQuillan,
An overview of the Tasmanian geometrid moth fauna (Lepidoptera: Geometridae) and its conservation status,
Journal of Insect Conservation,
Volume 8 (2004), Parts 2-3, pp. 209-220.
List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
Part 3 (1855), p. 661, No. 3.
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 6 May 2010, 7 June 2014)