(one synonym : Panagra oxytona Turner, 1926)
NACOPHORINI, ENNOMINAE, GEOMETRIDAE, GEOMETROIDEA
Cathy Young & Stella Crossley
(Photo: copyright Cathy Young)
These Caterpillars are brown with a pale band along each side and a dark mark on the back of each abdominal segment. The body has short sparse black hairs. The head has black speckles. The caterpillars feed on a wide variety of low-growing dicotyledonous herbs.
The adult moths are buff coloured with a pattern of brown spots and speckles, including a larger elliptical outline near the center of each forewing. The wingspan is about 4 cms.
The eggs are laid unattached, and are barrel-shaped with microscopic ridges. Their diameter is about 0.7 mm. Initially they are white, later developing red spots, then turning grey as hatching approaches.
The species has usually been found at high altitude (above 1000 metres) in
Further reading :
Uranides et Phalénites,
in Boisduval & Guenée:
Histoire naturelle des insectes; spécies général des lépidoptères,
Volume 9, Part 10 (1858), p. 131, No. 1132, and also Plate 12, fig. 4.
Peter B. McQuillan,
The Tasmanian Geometrid Moths Associated with the Genus Amelora auctorum (Lepidoptera : Geometridae : Ennomina),
Volume 10, Issue 3, 1996, pp. 433-506.
Characterisation of the Australian Nacophorini and a Phylogeny for the Geometridae from Molecular and Morphological Data,
Ph.D. thesis, University of Tasmania, 2003.
(updated 24 July 2013)