Plesiolaea maritima (Lower, 1897)
Red-tracked Geometrid
NACOPHORINI ,   ENNOMINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of Steve Williams, Moths of Victoria: Part 5)

The Caterpillars of this species are dark brown with two paired dorsal projections along the back, as well as a single projection on the last abdominal segment. The caterpillars are inclined to rest lying along a twig.


female
(Photo: courtesy of Marilyn Hewish, Moths of Victoria: Part 5)

Both sexes of adult moth have forewings that are grey or brown including striated rusty marks by the wingtips and at the bases. The hindwings are are off-white, each with a brown band along the margin. The wingspan is about 3 cms.


female
(Photo: courtesy of Marilyn Hewish, Moths of Victoria: Part 5)

The species occurs in

  • New South Wales,
  • Victoria,
  • South Australia, and
  • Western Australia.

    Further reading :

    Marilyn Hewish,
    Moths of Victoria: Part 5,
    Satin Moths and Allies - GEOMETROIDEA (A)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2014, pp. 14-15.

    Oswald B. Lower,
    Descriptions of new Australian Lepidoptera,
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume 21 (1897), p. 51.


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    (written 16 January 2016)