Rippled Gum Moth
NACOPHORINI, ENNOMINAE, GEOMETRIDAE, GEOMETROIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Ian Common, from Moths of Australia)
These caterpillars are speckled brown with red-edged pale dots. There is a knob on the back of the second abdomenal segment. They feed on the leaves of:
They construct a shelter, in which they live, of leaves joined by silk.
The adult moths are grey, with dark speckles, and two vague submarginal dark lines across each forewing. The grey turns to brown in dead specimens. Each forewing has a recurved margin giving it a hooked tip, which is more pronounced in the female. The wingspan is about 4 cms. The female antennae are thread-like. The male antennae have short pectinations.
The species has been found in:
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia
Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 26.7, p. 364.
Moths of Victoria: Part 5, Satin Moths and Allies - GEOMETROIDEA (A),
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2014, pp. 32-33.
Revision of Australian Lepidoptera: V,
Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
Series 2, Volume 6, Part 4 (1892), p. 657, No. 91.
(updated 19 June 2010, 8 October 2013, 11 January 2016, 27 April 2020, 3 March 2021)