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


male
(Photo: copyright Cathy Young)

These Caterpillars are green with fine reddish-purple dots, a white dorsal line, and a pinkish-purple head.

The Caterpillars feed on the foliage of :

  • various Gum Trees ( Eucalyptus, MYRTACEAE ).


    male: alert posture
    (Photo: copyright Cathy Young)

    Both sexes of adult moth have pinkish-brown wings. The hind wings become paler toward the bases. The wingspan is about 4.8 cms. When resting, they hold their wings wrapped around the abdomen and whatever they are standing on. When alert, the hold the wings unrolled and somewhat flattened.

    The eggs are laid in a distinctive formation, at a slight angle to the substrate, and slightly overlapping each other, like roof shingles. The eggs are initially pale green, changing later to become transparent. They appear to hatch after rain.


    female
    (Photo: copyright Cathy Young)

    This species occurs in

  • New South Wales,
  • Victoria, and
  • Tasmania.


    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.

    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.


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    (updated 26 April 2010, 15 January 2016)