Wednesday, 13 July 2016

More Geometrid moths

Casbia rectaria CABERINI ENNOMINAE GEOMETRIDAE

 



Family:- GEOMETRIDAE
Sub Family:- ENNOMINAE
Genus:- Casbia
Species:- rectaria


 These moths have unusual markings on the forewing. They can vary from black or orange to creamy white and can at times be almost invisible due to loss of scales.
The most likely host tree here is the Alphitonia excelsa (Soap tree), which also hosts the larvae of the small but spectacular butterfly the Small Green-banded Blue (Danis hymetus). This is an excellent garden tree that is always full of insects and is a local native plant in this area.
Pomaderis lanigera is also said to be a host plant although probably more towards the coast.
Both plants belong to the family RHAMNACEAE.



This last moth is in the Casbia genus but may not be C rectaria. Next week I will add a number of photos from the Casbia genus showing the range we get here.




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Cernia amyclaria OENOCHROMINAE GEOMETRIDAE 

 



 Family:- GEOMETRIDAE
Sub Family:- OENOCHROMINAE
Genus:- Cernia
Species:- amyclaria



The only mention of host plants is that they can be found on Gum trees.

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