Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Photographing the undersides

Hypodoxa erebusata GEOMETRINAE GEOMETRIDAE

It is important to photograph the undersides wherever possible.
It has taken some time to find the identification of this moth. One of the notable features is the "S" mark on both the forewings and the rearwings. There are a number of species in the Geometrid moths that have a similar marking and also are sufficiently similar to this moth to make identification difficult if looking at the upper surface only.

It was not until I came across an underside photo (BOLD systems) that I was able to separate the species. Unfortunately the sample photo did not have the wings fully spread, so some of the detail is missing, and there is still a little room for doubt, but I am confident the there is a sufficiently close match.



Family:- GEOMETRIDAE
Sub Family:- GEOMETRINAE
Genus:- Hypodoxa
Species:- erebusata


underside of  Hypodoxa  erebusata








It is likely that the larval food plant is Eucalyptus.

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