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Bizarre Looper Moths are members of the Geometridae family. They have a wingspan of 25-30mm. Males and females are very different: males are green with a white pattern. Females are translucent green with brown borders. They may be distinguished from other species in this genus as the hind wings have scalloped edges. The Bizarre Looper gets its name from the strange appearance of the caterpillars. Caterpillars feed on Avocado, Acacia, Roses, Macadamia Nuts.
This moth was found on a hedge of Murraya paniculata, commonly called Orange Jessamine. It was roughly the same size as a Murraya leaf. Range is usually in Northern half of Australia.
This was the first time I ever looked at a moth in really close detail. Macro photography is good for that kind of thing, although a pocket camera can only do so much, particularly when it's hand-held... by me :-/ I was surprised to see that the body and wings were so 'scaley', the wings also very fine and lace-like in appearance. I've often watched moths and butterflies negotiate their way through mazes of spider webs, but is it any wonder they rarely get caught. With such a loose surface, it would be very difficult for a web to get a good hold on these guys.
Spotted on Mar 17, 2010
Submitted on May 3, 2013
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