Smyriodes species
NACOPHORINI,   ENNOMINAE,   GEOMETRIDAE,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
( donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Cathy Byrne & Stella Crossley

Smyriodes species
(Photo: copyright Cathy Byrne)

These caterpillars are brown, with three dark dorsal patches. Several of the segments have a pair of short fleshy horns on the back. The caterpillars feed on:

  • various species of Gum Trees ( Eucalyptus, MYRTACEAE ).

    Smyriodes species
    eggs, magnified
    (Photo: copyright Cathy Byrne)

    The eggs are oval, shiny, and black, and covered in micriscopic white embossed pattern at one end. The eggs are laid in a row.


    Further reading :

    Cathy Byrne,
    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 29 January 2009, 24 September 2013)