Moth: Red-lined Geometrid

I identified the moth. It is a Crypsiphona occultaria – one of the most common moths in Australia, according to Wikipedia. Also called a red-lined looper moth.

I found great photos on a buttefly house website and you can read about it and look at pictures of the thin green larvae here. The grubs eat eucalyptus leaves and are tapered on one end and forked the other!

The image below is from Wikipedia...

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undersides, showing red lines

(By Donald Hobern from Canberra, Australia – Crypsiphona ocultaria, CC BY 2.0, Link)

And this is my photo…

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my photo through the window pane

There is no doubt, at all. It is the same moth.

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on the dried mint blossom

 

Thanks for looking!   🙂

 

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. Cousin Sue says:

    And it’s common? never seen one before like it. How long did you spend looking for it? I gave up after the first page of sites. Like your pictures better, it’s alive.

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    1. I spent hours, I reckon. I ended up on the butterfly house website looking at wing shapes for a hint, and then I checked hundreds of images. Eventually the right one sprung out and then I did a search on that name. Voila! I think these must be the little grey ones you see banging on the window at night – they move so quick you can’t see the stripes.

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  2. Aunt Beulah says:

    What a fabulous creature you captured. I really like moths and feel too many people never really look at them and thus consider them ugly stepsisters to the butterfly’s Cinderella.

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    1. I certainly got an education during the search to identify this little beauty! Thanks for dropping by, Janet.

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