(formerly known as Chlenias ochrosoma)
NACOPHORINI, ENNOMINAE, GEOMETRIDAE, GEOMETROIDEA
Cathy Byrne & 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.
The caterpillars feed on various species of
Both sexes of adult moth have uniformly greyish forewings with brown veins. The hindwings that are fawn at the margin, fading to white at the base. Each wing has a dark spot in the middle of it.
The forewing margins are more scalloped than in other Paralaea species. The wingspan is about 5 cms. The males have feathery antennae. The females have thread-like antennae.
Specimens have been caught in
The eggs are oval and laid in irregular clusters. The eggs initially are white but become dark purple as hatching approaches.
Further reading :
Baron Cajetan & Rudolf Felder,
Reise der Osterreichischen Fregatte Novara um die Erde in den Jahren 1857, 1858, 1859,
Part 9, Band 2, Abtheilung 2 (1875), p. 6, and also Plate 131, fig. 30.
Moths of Victoria: Part 5,
Satin Moths and Allies - GEOMETROIDEA (A),
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2014, pp. 28-29.
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),
Volume 15, part 3 (2001), pp. 277-317.
Characterisation of the Australian Nacophorini and a Phylogeny for the Geometridae from Molecular and Morphological Data,
Ph.D. thesis, University of Tasmania, 2003.
(updated 4 March 2005, 14 January 2016)