(one synonym : Acidalia figlinaria Guenée, 1857)
STERRHINAE, GEOMETRIDAE, GEOMETROIDEA
The Caterpillars of this species eat leaves from a variety of herbaceous plants, including :
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 males have feathery antennae. The females have banded thread-like antennae. The moths have a wingspan of about 2 cms.
The eggs are off-white and ellipsoidal. They are laid in disorganised strings.
The species is found in
as well as over most of Australia, including
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.
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 B. McQuillan, Jan A. Forrest, David Keane, & Roger Grund,
Caterpillars, moths, and their plants of Southern Australia,
Butterfly Conservation South Australia Inc., Adelaide (2019), p. 105.
Peter Marriott ,
Moths of Victoria: Part 3 ,
Waves & Carpets - GEOMETROIDEA (C),
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2011, pp. 6-9.
(updated 17 September 2011, 1 January 2015, 13 July 2020, 27 January 2021)