Traminda rubra Holloway, 1979
STERRHINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Traminda rubra
(Photo: courtesy of David Rentz, Kuranda, Queensland)

These Caterpillars are brown with white patches along the sides.

Traminda rubra
(Photo: courtesy of David Rentz, Kuranda, Queensland)

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 of

  • Wattle ( Acacia species, MIMOSACEAE ).

    The pupa is brown, and flattened with lateral flanges. It is suspended on silk threads typically between leaves.

    Traminda rubra
    (Photo: courtesy of David Rentz, Kuranda, Queensland)

    The adult moths of this species are reddish brown. 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 moths have a wingspan of about 2.5 cms.

    Traminda rubra
    underside
    (Photo: courtesy of Dianne Clarke, Mapleton, Queensland)

    The species is found in

  • Queensland.


    Further eading :

    Jeremy Daniel Holloway,
    A survey of the Lepidoptera, biogeography and ecology of New Caledonia,
    Series Entomologica,
    Volume 15 (1979) p. 290, Plate 57, fig. 8; fig. 51 (left).


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    (written 18 August 2012, updated 29 June 2016)