Scopula rubraria (Doubleday, 1843)
Reddish Wave
(one synonym : Acidalia figlinaria Guenée, 1857)
STERRHINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Scopula rubraria
female

The Caterpillars of this species eat leaves from a variety of herbaceous plants, including :

  • Buckhorn Plantain ( Plantago lanceolata, PLANTAGINACEAE ).

    Scopula rubraria
    male
    (Specimen: courtesy of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)

    The adult moth has brown wings with zigzag markings, and a dark spot near the centre of each wing. Various individuals have different degrees of contrast in the markings. The undersides are rather like the upper surfaces. The moths have a wingspan of about 2 cms.

    Scopula rubraria
    underside
    (Photo: courtesy of Laura Levens, Upper Beaconsfield)

    The eggs are off-white and ellipsoidal. They are laid in disorganised strings.

    Scopula rubraria

    The species is found over most of Australia including

  • Northern Territory,
  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Australian Capital Territory,
  • Victoria,
  • Tasmania,
  • South Australia, and
  • Western Australia.

    Scopula rubraria
    paler form of male
    (Photo: courtesy of Ken Harris, Morwell Park, Victoria)


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 37.15, pp. 67, 375.

    Edward Doubleday, with Adam White :
    List of the annulose animals hitherto recorded as found in New Zealand with descriptions of some new species,
    in Ernest Dieffenbach: Travels in New Zealand,
    John Murray, London 1843, Volume 2, p. 286, No. 122.

    Achille Guenée,
    in Boisduval & Guenée: Uranides et Phalénites,
    Histoire naturelle des insectes; spécies général des lépidoptères,
    Volume 9, Part 9 (1857), p. 454, No. 752, and also Plate 12, fig. 8.

    Peter Marriott ,
    Moths of Victoria: Part 3 ,
    Waves & Carpets - GEOMETROIDEA (C),
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2011, pp. 6-9.


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    (updated 17 September 2011, 1 January 2015)