Mnesampela lenaea Meyrick, 1892
Rippled Gum Moth
NACOPHORINI ,   ENNOMINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Mnesampela lenaea
(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:

  • Gum Trees ( Eucalyptus species, MYRTACEAE ).

    They construct a shelter, in which they live, of leaves joined by silk.

    Mnesampela lenaea
    (Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Aranda, Australian Capital Territory)

    The adult moths are pale brown, with dark speckles and two vague submarginal dark lines across each forewing. Each forewing has a recurved margin giving it a hooked tip. The wingspan is about 4 cms. The female antennae are thread-like. The male antennae have short pectinations.

    Mnesampela lenaea
    male
    (Photo: courtesy of Marilyn Hewish, Moths of Victoria: Part 5)

    The species has been found in:

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Australian Capital Territory,
  • Victoria,
  • Tasmania, and
  • South Australia.

    Mnesampela lenaea
    underside
    (Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Aranda, Australian Capital Territory)


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 26.7, p. 364.

    Marilyn Hewish,
    Moths of Victoria: Part 5, Satin Moths and Allies - GEOMETROIDEA (A),
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2014, pp. 32-33.

    Edward Meyrick,
    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.


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    (updated 19 June 2010, 8 October 2013, 11 January 2016)