Cassythaphaga petrochroa (Lower, 1897)
Stone Cape-moth
(previously known as Mnesampela petrochroa)
NACOPHORINI ,   ENNOMINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

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

The Caterpillars of this species feed on

  • Dodder Laurel ( Cassytha species, LAURACEAE )

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

    The adult moths have brown wings each with a wavy submarginal arc of dark dots, as well as a number of other dark dots. The hindwings are paler than the forewings. The moths have a wingspan of about 2.5 cms. The moths are unusual in this family for having a resting posture with the wings folded tent-like over the body.

    The species occurs across southern Australia including

  • 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. 10-11.

    Oswald B. Lower,
    New Species of Australian Lepidoptera,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 22 (1897), p. 15.


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    (written 20 December 2015)