Authaemon stenonipha Turner, 1919
Pale-bordered Cape-moth
NACOPHORINI,   ENNOMINAE,   GEOMETRIDAE,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Cathy Byrne & Stella Crossley


young caterpillar
(Photo: courtesy of Steve Williams, Moths of Victoria: Part 5)

These caterpillars are brown with thin light and dark stripes along the body.


mature caterpillar
(Photo: courtesy of Steve Williams, Moths of Victoria: Part 5)

The caterpillars appear to feed on the foliage of various species of

  • Gum Trees ( Eucalyptus species, MYRTACEAE ).


    pupa
    (Photo: courtesy of Steve Williams, Moths of Victoria: Part 5)

    The pupa is rusty brown.


    (Photo: copyright Cathy Byrne)

    The adult moths are brown, each wing having a subterminal arc of dark spots, and a pale costa. The forewings each have a hooked wingtip. The hindwings are a paler brown than the forewings. The wingspan is about 3 cms.


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

    The eggs are laid unattached, and are smooth and oval. Initially they are white, later developing red patches as hatching approaches.


    (Photo: copyright Cathy Byrne)

    The species is found in

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


    Further reading :

    Marilyn Hewish,
    Moths of Victoria: Part 5 - Satin Moths and Allies - GEOMETROIDEA (A),
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2014, pp. 8-9.

    Peter B. McQuillan,
    An overview of the Tasmanian geometrid moth fauna (Lepidoptera: Geometridae) and its conservation status,
    Journal of Insect Conservation,
    Volume 8 (2004), Parts 2-3, pp. 209-220.

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    Revision of Australian Lepidoptera. VI (Third instalment),
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 44 (1919), p. 297, No. 195.

    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 4 March 2005, 27 July 2013, 7 June 2014, 15 August 2018)