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Pomaderris Moth -caterpillar

Casbia melanops

Description:

A 20 mm long caterpillar looping it's way across a leaf. It was mostly green but had tinges of brown. I could clearly see the thoracic legs and two prolegs. When I touched the leaf it was on, the caterpillar stretched out holding it's thoracic legs in and pretended to be a stick.

Habitat:

On a Hazel Pomaderris ( Pomaderris aspera) plant- suburban back yard

Notes:

This is a late instar. When it pupates it will build a shelter of silk between leaves of the food plant.
I have never seen much activity around or on a pomaderris plant so it was lovely to see a looper feeding on the leaves. The adult moth has a distinct black spot on each wing.
https://bie.ala.org.au/species/urn:lsid:...
Family: Geometridae
Subfamily: Ennominae

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2 Comments

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 10 months ago

Thanks Neil. I went back to get better shots but couldn't see the catty. Sorry it's a little blurry !

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 10 months ago

Wonderful spotting, Leuba. Awesome notes too, much are always appreciated.

Leuba Ridgway
Spotted by
Leuba Ridgway

Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Feb 24, 2020
Submitted on Feb 25, 2020

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