(previously known as Heteroptila xylina)
NACOPHORINI, ENNOMINAE, GEOMETRIDAE, GEOMETROIDEA
Cathy Byrne & Stella Crossley
(Photo: courtesy of Steve Williams, Moths of Victoria: Part 5)
These Caterpilars are initially brown, but later become green with a yellow line along each side. They are thought to feed on the foliage of
When mature, the caterpillars burrow into the ground and pupate in a tough cocoon.
The wings of the adult moth of this species are a patchy brown with a broad darker marginal area on each wing, and two or three dark curvy submarginal lines. The abdomen is brown with a narrow dark transverse line on each abdominal segment. The wingspan is about 3 cms.
The species has been found in Australia in:
The eggs are brown and ellipsoidal, and minutely pitted. The eggs are laid in small clusters.
Moths of Victoria: Part 5,
Satin Moths and Allies - GEOMETROIDEA (A),
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2014, pp. 16-19.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 63.
A. Jefferis Turner,
Revision of the Australian Lepidoptera VI,
Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
Volume 42 (1917), pp. 369-370, No. 96.
(updated 27 August 2012, 18 May 2017, 11 October 2020)