Amelora macarta Turner, 1919
(also known as Cassythaphaga macarta)
Cassytha Cape-moth
NACOPHORINI ,   ENNOMINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Cathy Young & Stella Crossley

Amelora macarta
(Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Aranda, Australian Capital Territory)

The Caterpillars of this species feed on

  • Dodder Laurel ( Cassytha species, LAURACEAE )

    The adult moths are brown, with a diagonal line of black dots near the tip of each forewing. There is also a small white spot at the base of each forewing. The wingspan is about 3.5 cms.

    Amelora macarta
    eggs, magnified
    (Photo: copyright Cathy Young)

    The eggs are laid loosely attached to the substrate, and are cream coloured, smooth and oval, and have a dimple.

    Amelora macarta
    (Photo: copyright Cathy Young)

    The species has been found in:

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

    Cassythaphaga macarta
    male
    (Photo: courtesy of Marilyn Hewish, Moths of Victoria: Part 5)


    Further reading :

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

    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.

    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.

    Cathy Young,
    Characterisation of the Australian Nacophorini and a Phylogeny for the Geometridae from Molecular and Morphological Data,
    Ph.D. thesis, University of Tasmania, 2003.

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    Revision of Australian Lepidoptera: VI (Third instalment),
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 44 (1919), p. 307, No. 217.


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    (updated 28 April 2010, 9 October 2013)