NACOPHORINI, ENNOMINAE, GEOMETRIDAE, GEOMETROIDEA
Cathy Byrne & Stella Crossley
(Photo: copyright Cathy Byrne)
The early instars of these Caterpillars are deep lemon-yellow to light green with a broad grey dorsal band, and a brown head. Mature larvae are green with faint reddish-brown dots, and a narrow, continuous pale yellow lateral stripe. The head is green with maroon crown.
The Caterpillars feed on the foliage of :
Both sexes of adult moth have grey wings showing darker grey veins. The hind wings become paler toward the bases. Each wing has a dark spot near the middle. When resting, the moths hold their wings folded over the back like a tent, unlike many other Geometrid species. The moths have a wingspan of about 5.5 cms.
This species occurs only in Tasmania.
Further reading :
Peter B. McQuillan, Catherine J. Young, & Alistair M.M. Richardson,
A revision of the Australian moth genus Paralaea Guest (Lepidoptera: Geometridae: Ennominae),
Volume 15, part 3 (2001), pp. 277-317.
(updated 4 March 2005)