Paralaea ochrosoma McQuillan, Young, & Richardson, 2001
Fuscous Crest-moth
NACOPHORINI ,   ENNOMINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Cathy Young & Stella Crossley


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

These Caterpillars initially are brown with dark rusty-red heads. Later they become yellowish green, then leaf-green with a pale yellow stripe along each side.


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

The caterpillars feed on various species of

  • Gum Trees ( Eucalyptus species, MYRTACEAE ).


    male
    (Photo: copyright Cathy Young)

    Both sexes of adult moth have uniformly brown forewings, and hindwings that are brown at the margin fading to white at the base. Each wing has a dark spot in the middle of it. The wingspan is about 5 cms. The males have feathery antennae. The females have thread-like antennae.


    female
    (Photo: copyright Cathy Young)

    Specimens have been caught in

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


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

    The eggs are oval and laid in irregular clusters. The eggs initially are white but become dark purple as hatching approaches.


    wing undersides
    (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. 28-29.

    N. McFarland,
    Portraits of South Australian Geometrid Moths, Allen Press: Lawrence, Kansas (1988).

    Peter B. McQuillan, Catherine J. Young, & Alistair M.M. Richardson,
    A revision of the Australian moth genus Paralaea Guest (Lepidoptera: Geometridae: Ennominae),
    Invertebrate Taxonomy,
    Volume 15, part 3 (2001), pp. 277-317.

    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.


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    (updated 4 March 2005, 14 January 2016)