(one synonym : Phalera innotata Hampson, 1896)
NACOPHORINI, ENNOMINAE, GEOMETRIDAE, GEOMETROIDEA
Ted L. Martin & Stella Crossley
(Photo: copyright Ted L. Martin)
This Caterpillar is black with a pattern of parallel yellow lines and red spots. The caterpillar feeds on plants in the family FABACEAE.
The adult moth can be dark grey or brown, sometimes with striking black markings. The moth folds its wings across its back rather than spreading them out flat like the adult moths of other Tribes of GEOMETRIDAE do. The wingspan is about 4 cms.
The species has been found in:
The eggs are pale yellow, smooth, and squarish. They are laid in a row along the edge of a leaf.
Further reading :
Moths of Victoria: Part 5 - Satin Moths and Allies - GEOMETROIDEA (A),
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2014, pp. 20-21.
Notes on Australian Lepidoptera, with descriptions of new species,
Annals and Magazine of Natural History,
Volume 5, Part 16 (1885), p. 430, No. 596.
Characterisation of the Australian Nacophorini and a Phylogeny for the Geometridae from Molecular and Morphological Data,
Ph.D. thesis, University of Tasmania, 2003.
(updated 29 September 2009)