Archephanes zalosema (Turner, 1926)
Green Mosaic Geometrid
(previously known as Euphyia zalosema)
NACOPHORINI ,   ENNOMINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


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

The Caterpillars of this species feed only on one plant, namely

  • Mountain Pepper ( Tasmannia lanceolata, WINTERACEAE ).


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

    The adult moths have a bold intricate pattern of black and pale green on the forewings, and plain pale brown hindwings darkening toward the margins. The moths have a wing span of about 3 cms.

    This species have been taken in

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


    Further reading:

    Marilyn Hewish,
    Moths of Victoria: Part 5 - Satin Moths and Allies - GEOMETROIDEA (A),
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2014, pp. 14-15.

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    New and Little known Tasmanian Lepidoptera,
    courtesy of the
    Library Open Repository, University of Tasmania Library,
    Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania,
    1925, p. 105.

    Catherine J. Young & Peter B. Mcquillan,
    Redescription and life-cycle of Archephanes zalosema Turner, 1926 (Lepidoptera: Geometridae: Ennominae), a specialist on Winteraceae,
    Insect Systematics & Evolution,
    Volume 34, Part 1 (2003), pp. 81-94.


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    (written 20 December 2015)