(also known as Amelora milvaria)
NACOPHORINI, ENNOMINAE, GEOMETRIDAE, GEOMETROIDEA
Cathy Byrne & Stella Crossley
(Photo: copyright Cathy Byrne)
These Caterpillars are initially brown with dark markings.
Later they become green with a broad red dorsal stripe and a red head. The caterpillars feed on plants from a wide variety of families, including :
The caterpillar pupates in a cocoon in the soil.
The adult moths are brown with a submarginal arc of dark spots and a larger dark mark near the centre of each wing. The forewings have slightly hooked wingtips. The hindwings are greyer, darkening toward the margins, each with the black central mark. the wingspan is about 4 cms.
Some specimens have a very broad dark band across the middle of each forewing.
The eggs are laid in arrays, and are rounded cubes. Initially they are white, later developing red spots as hatching approaches.
The species has been found in
Further reading :
Characterisation of the Australian Nacophorini and a Phylogeny for the Geometridae from Molecular and Morphological Data,
Ph.D. thesis, University of Tasmania, 2003.
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 34.20, p. 365.
Uranides et Phalénites,
in Boisduval & Guenée:
Histoire naturelle des insectes; spécies général des lépidoptères,
Volume 9, Part 10 (1858), p. 140, No. 1148, and also Plate 8, fig. 8.
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) (sic),
Volume 10, Number 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.
Peter B. McQuillan, Jan A. Forrest, David Keane, & Roger Grund,
Caterpillars, moths, and their plants of Southern Australia,
Butterfly Conservation South Australia Inc., Adelaide (2019), p. 131.
(updated 20 July 2010, 27 September 2014, 16 January 2016, 17 March 2021)