(one synonym : Timandra molybdias Meyrick, 1889)
STERRHINAE, GEOMETRIDAE, GEOMETROIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Craig Nieminski, Darwin, Northern Territory)
These Caterpillars may be any colour from green to brown with white patches along the sides. They have flaps along the back that resemble leaflets of their foodplant. They move in looper fashion as they are missing the first three pairs of prolegs.
The caterpillars have been found feeding on the flowers and young foliage of various plants, including :
The pupa is brown, and flattened with lateral flanges. It is suspended on silk threads typically between leaves.
The adult moths of this species vary in colour from greenish to reddish, with a green sheen. There is a dark-edged yellow diagonal line across each wing. They have forewings with a recurve in the margin at the apex with a brown edging. The hindwings each have a very angular and slightly pointed tornus. The moths have a wingspan of about 2.5 cms.
The species is found across south-east Asia, from India to the Pacific, including :
and in Australia in:
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 11.33, p. 375.
Uranides et Phalénites,
in Boisduval & Guenée: Histoire naturelle des insectes; spécies général des lépidoptères,
Volume 10, Part 2 (1857), p. 3, No. 896.
Some notable Geometridae,
Issue 53 (June 2009), pp. 22-25,
Butterflies and Other Invertebrates Club.
The Moth Gnamptoloma aventiaria (Geometridae),
Butterflies and Other Invertebrates Club Newsletter,
Issue 22 (September 2001), pp. 12-13.
(updated 7 August 2012)