Paralaea tasmanica McQuillan, Young, & Richardson, 2001
NACOPHORINI ,   ENNOMINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Cathy Young & Stella Crossley


male
(Photo: copyright Cathy Young)

Both sexes of adult moth have greyish-brown wings. The hind wings become paler toward the bases. Each forewing has an indistinct dark spot near the middle. This species is the smallest in the genus, with a wingspan of about 4.5 cms.

The eggs are laid in a distinctive formation, at a slight angle to the substrate, and slightly overlapping each other, like roof shingles. The eggs are initially bluish-green, changing later to become transparent. They appear to hatch after rain.

This species only occurs in Tasmania.


female
(Photo: copyright Cathy Young)


Further reading :

Peter B. McQuillan, Catherine J. Young, & Alistair M.M. Richardson,
A revision of the Australian moth genus Paralaea Guest (Lepidoptera: Geometridae: Ennominae),
Invertebrate Taxonomy,
Volume 15, part 3 (2001), pp. 277-317.


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