Amelora leucaniata (Guenée, 1857)
Striped Cape-moth
(formerly known as Liodes leucaniata)
NACOPHORINI ,   ENNOMINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Cathy Young & Stella Crossley


(Specimen: courtesy of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)

The moths of this species are pale grey with dark veins on the wings. They have a wingspan of about 4 cms.


young eggs magnified
(Photo: copyright Cathy Young)

The eggs are oval and white, and minutely ridged. As they approach hatching, they develop brown spots and later become entirely orange.


mature eggs magnified
(Photo: copyright Cathy Young)

This species has been found in

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


    Further reading :

    Achille Guenée,
    Uranides et Phalénites II,
    in Boisduval & Guenée:
    Histoire naturelle des insectes; spécies général des lépidoptères,
    Volume 9, Part 10 (1857), p. 120, No. 1113, and also Plate 18, fig. 3.

    Marilyn Hewish,
    Moths of Victoria: Part 5,
    Satin Moths and Allies - GEOMETROIDEA (A)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2014, pp. 12-13, 19, back cover.

    Peter B. McQuillan,
    The Tasmanian Geometrid Moths Associated with the Genus Amelora auctorum (Lepidoptera : Geometridae : Ennomina),
    Invertebrate Taxonomy,
    Volume 10, Issue 3, 1996, pp. 433-506.

    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.


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    (updated 20 July 2010, 7 June 2014, 16 January 2016)