(formerly known as Dirades decorata)
EPIPLEMINAE, URANIIDAE, GEOMETROIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda, Queensland)
This Caterpillar has been found feeding on
It feeds on the undersides of the leaves leaving the upper surfaces intact.
The adult moths of this species have brown wings, with dark spots along the margins. The hindwings each have a white area along the costa. The moths like many in this subfamily (EPIPLEMINAE) have an interesting resting posture with its forewings rolled up and stuck out from the body, and the hindwings rolled around the abdomen. The wingspan is about 2 cms.
The species has been found in :
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 38.3, 53.11, 53.12, p. 385.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 214.
New Genera and Species of Moths from the Old World Regions,
Volume 5 (1898), p. 228, No. 17.
Paul Zborowski and Ted Edwards,
A Guide to Australian Moths, CSIRO Publishing, 2007, p. 149.
(written 19 December 2012)