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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 a month 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 a month ago

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

Leuba Ridgway
Spotted by
Leuba Ridgway

Victoria, Australia

Lat: -37.90, Long: 145.31

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

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