Scopula perlata

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Scopula perlata
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Geometridae
Tribe: Scopulini
Genus: Scopula
Species: S. perlata
Binomial name
Scopula perlata
(Walker, 1861)[1]
Synonyms
  • Acidalia perlata Walker, 1861
  • Acidalia recessata Walker, 1861

Scopula perlata (cream wave) is a moth of the family Geometridae. It is found in Australia (including Tasmania, New South Wales,[2] South Australia and Victoria), as well as Indonesia.

The wingspan is about 20 mm. Adults are variable in colour, ranging from pale green to yellow.[3]

The larvae have been reared on Myosotis arvensis. They are fawn with small lateral dots on each side. Early instars are striped, but these stripes disappear in later instars. Full-grown larvae reach a length of about 20 mm. Pupation takes place in leaf litter.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sihvonen, Pasi (April 1, 2005). "Phylogeny and classification of the Scopulini moths (Lepidoptera: Geometridae, Sterrhinae)". Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. 143 (4): 473–530. doi:10.1111/j.1096-3642.2005.00153.x.
  2. ^ Beccaloni, G.; Scoble, M.; Kitching, I.; Simonsen, T.; Robinson, G.; Pitkin, B.; Hine, A.; Lyal, C., eds. (2003). "Scopula perlata". The Global Lepidoptera Names Index. Natural History Museum.
  3. ^ Australian Insects