Tag Archives: Geometridae

Chloroclystis katherina Robinson

Katherina’s Geometer Moth (Chloroclystis katherina)

This species, which was described in 1975, is obviously endemic to Viti Levu, Fiji, and appears to be restricted to montane forests.

The moth has a wingspan of 1,5 to 1,8 cm.

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References:

[1] Gaden S. Robinson: Macrolepidoptera of Fiji and Rotuma: a taxonomic and biogeographic study. Classey 1975
[2] Neal L. Evenhuis: Checklist of Fijian Lepidoptera. Bishop Museum Technical Report 38(13): 1-53. 2007

Symmacra solidaria (Guenée)

Green Symmacra Geometer Moth (Symmacra solidaria)

Distribution:

Fiji: Nanuya Lailai, Naukacuvu, Ovalau, Vanua Levu, Viti Levu
Samoa: Tutuila, ‘Upolu

local names: –

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The Green Symmacra Geometer Moth was described in 1858, it is a widespread Indo-pacific species that occurs from southeastern Asia and Australia to Melanesia and western Polynesia including Fiji and Samoa.

The form that inhabits the Polynesian region is considered a distinct subspecies, ssp. baptata (Warren), it is apparently endemic to that region.

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Refrences:

[1] Louis B. Prout: Insects of Samoa and other Samoan terrestrial Arthropoda. Part III. Lepidoptera, Fasc. 3. Geometridae. London 1928
[2] John Adams Comstock: Lepidoptera of Amercian Samoa with particular reference to biology and ecology. Pacific Insects Monographs 11: 1-74. 1966
[3] Gaden S. Robinson: Macrolepidoptera of Fiji and Rotuma: a taxonomic and biogeographic study. Classey 1975

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edited: 02.01.2019

Xyridacma alectoraria (Walker)

Five Finger Looper Moth (Xyridacma alectoraria)

Distribution:

New Zealand: Codfish Island; Otamahua Island; North Island; South Island

local names:

puareare – New Zealand

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The Five Finger Looper Moth, described in 1860, is endemic to New Zealand where it appears to be quite common.

The vernacular name refers to the food plant of its caterpillars, native species of five finger (Pseudopanax spp.).

The species reaches a wingspan of about 4 cm, the male is bright yellow and bears two spots on each wing, which vary from whitish to brown, the female is less colorful and bears fewer markings on its wings.

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female

male

Photos: Birgit E. Rhode, Landcare Research New Zealand Ltd.

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edited: 22.12.2018

Xyridacma ustaria Walker

Tarata Looper Moth (Xyridacma ustaria

Distribution:

New Zealand: Codfish Island; North Island; South Island

local names: –

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The Tarata Looper moth was described in 1863, the species is endemic to New Zealand where it appears to quite common.

Adult Tarata Looper Moths have a wingspan of about 4 cm, they are very variably colored and marked.

The caterpillars of this species feed on the leaves of the tarata (Pittosporum eugenioides A. Cunn.) and the kohuhu (Pittosporum tenuifolium Gaertn.), and very likely also of other species of this genus.

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xyridacma-ustaria-doho

Photo: Donald Hobern
https://www.inaturalist.org/people/dhobern

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edited: 22.12.2018