Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Grey Twisted Moth

Circopetes obtusata OENOCHROMINAE GEOMETRIDAE

(Sometimes called  Grey Twisted Moth.)




Family:- GEOMETRIDAE
Sub Family:- OENOCHROMINAE
Genus:- Circopetes 
Species:- obtusata




This is one of a group of moths that distort their bodies and wings, it is believed to be in an effort to disguise their outline by altering their bilateral symetry, and avoiding detection by preditors.
The newly hatched larvae are said to have fed on Eucalyptus (Myrtaceae), but there is not a lot of information on their life cycle and so Gum trees may not be the only food source.
The top side wing patterns can vary quite a bit, while the underside are a bit more regular.
Wingspan is about 60mm.

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Chrysolarentia subrectaria XANTHORHOINI  LARENTIINAE GEOMETRIDAE

(Sometimes called Straight-lined Carpet Moth)



Family:- GEOMETRIDAE
Sub Family:- LARENTIINAE
Genus:- Chrysolarentia
Species:- subrectaria





I was not able to find any details of the life cycle.
Wingspan as it is in the photo is about 16mm.

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