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Geometer moth (Geometridae)Ectropis sp. (genus)   

2 An engrailed moth at Hughes, ACT

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Ectropis sp. (genus) at Hughes, ACT - 6 May 2019
Ectropis sp. (genus) at Hughes, ACT - 6 May 2019
Ectropis sp. (genus) at Hughes, ACT - 6 May 2019
Ectropis sp. (genus) at Hughes, ACT - 6 May 2019

Identification history

Geometer moth (Geometridae) Ectropis sp. (genus) 17 May 2019 ibaird
Geometer moth (Geometridae) Ectropis sp. (genus) 17 May 2019 donhe
Geometer moth (Geometridae) Geometridae sp. (family) 17 Mar 2019 donhe
Unidentified 17 Mar 2019 JackyF

Author's notes

As requested, I raised the caterpillar indoors. Here are photos of the resulting moth and empty pupal case. Caterpillar was about 7mm when it pupated, moth less than 25 mm wingspan. Original caterpillar photo was 17 March.

8 comments

donhe wrote:
   17 Mar 2019
Can you take it into protective custody, rear it to get a moth, then take the moth back and release it where it came from (taking a photo of the moth first)?
JackyF wrote:
   17 Mar 2019
Ok. Still no luck getting the tower case moth caterpillar to stick its head out. It is right next to a track.
donhe wrote:
   17 Mar 2019
Not many Geometrids recorded on Rutaceae before. Very interesting.
Your tower caterpillar may have died, pupated, or emerged long ago.
Was it not there before? Has it since moved from its original spot?
JackyF wrote:
   17 Mar 2019
Don I am sorry, it may have been there previously. I only noticed it two days ago. I don't think it has moved, so case may be empty. Will keep checking. Re the looper, I had a brown one just like it on a pelargonium last year, sighting on Canberra Nature Map for unidentified Geometer moth. Thanks Jacky
JackyF wrote:
   15 May 2019
Don I have raised the small brown looper caterpillar from the lemon tree as requested, please see new photos of resulting moth and pupal case.
donhe wrote:
   17 May 2019
Excellent.
If we could see a bit more of the hindwing, we could decide between E. exxcursaria and E. bispinaria.
JackyF wrote:
   17 May 2019
Don sorry that was the clearest photo I could get, but I have added an enlarged copy. Cheers Jacky
donhe wrote:
   18 May 2019
The most obvious difference between E. excursaria and E. bispinaria is the shape of the black hindwing submarginal line where it meets the costa, which junction is obscured by the forewing in your photo.

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Opisthoncus grassator (Jumping spider) at Hughes, ACT - 15 May 2019 Dolophones sp. (genus) (Wrap-around spider) at Hughes, ACT - 15 May 2019 Boreoides subulatus (Wingless Soldier Fly) at Hughes, ACT - 2 May 2019 Ectropis sp. (genus) (An engrailed moth) at Hughes, ACT - 2 May 2019 Boreoides subulatus (Wingless Soldier Fly) at Hughes, ACT - 25 Apr 2019 Coprinus sp. (genus) at Hughes, ACT - 23 Apr 2019 Metura elongatus (Saunders' case moth) at Hughes, ACT - 20 Apr 2019 Callocephalon fimbriatum (Gang-gang Cockatoo) at Hughes, ACT - 14 Apr 2019 Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris (Eastern Spinebill) at Hughes, ACT - 14 Apr 2019 Corcorax melanorhamphos (White-winged Chough) at Hughes, ACT - 8 Apr 2019 Catantopini sp. (tribe) (Unidentified grasshopper) at Hughes, ACT - 3 Apr 2019 Badumna insignis (Black House Spider) at Hughes, ACT - 30 Mar 2019 Ectropis bispinaria (Loop-line Bark Moth) at Hughes, ACT - 27 Mar 2019 Pieris rapae (Cabbage White) at Hughes, ACT - 26 Mar 2019 Vanessa kershawi (Australian Painted Lady) at Hughes, ACT - 26 Mar 2019 Vanessa itea (Yellow Admiral) at Hughes, ACT - 22 Mar 2019 Lampona sp. (genus) (White-tailed spider) at Hughes, ACT - 20 Mar 2019 Sarcophagidae sp. (family) (Unidentified flesh fly) at Hughes, ACT - 20 Mar 2019 Junonia villida (Meadow Argus) at Hughes, ACT - 19 Mar 2019 Malurus cyaneus (Superb Fairywren) at Hughes, ACT - 19 Mar 2019 Rutilia sp. (genus) (A Rutilia bristle fly, subgenus unknown) at Hughes, ACT - 18 Mar 2019 Phalaenoides glycinae (Grapevine Moth) at Hughes, ACT - 15 Mar 2019 Cebysa leucotelus (Australian Bagmoth) at Hughes, ACT - 15 Mar 2019 Comocrus behri (Mistletoe day moth) at Hughes, ACT - 15 Mar 2019 Papilio aegeus (Orchard Swallowtail) at Hughes, ACT - 13 Mar 2019 Papilio anactus (Dainty Swallowtail) at Hughes, ACT - 13 Mar 2019 Alisterus scapularis (Australian King-Parrot) at Hughes, ACT - 12 Mar 2019 Ptilonorhynchus violaceus (Satin Bowerbird) at Hughes, ACT - 11 Mar 2019 Eutrichopidia latinus (Yellow-banded Day-moth) at Hughes, ACT - 11 Mar 2019 Grallina cyanoleuca (Magpie-lark) at Hughes, ACT - 11 Mar 2019 Delias aganippe (Spotted Jezebel) at Hughes, ACT - 10 Mar 2019 Platycercus elegans (Crimson Rosella) at Hughes, ACT - 10 Mar 2019 Delias harpalyce (Imperial Jezebel) at Hughes, ACT - 8 Mar 2019 Zosterops lateralis (Silvereye) at Hughes, ACT - 5 Mar 2019 Papilio aegeus (Orchard Swallowtail) at Hughes, ACT - 5 Mar 2019 Callocephalon fimbriatum (Gang-gang Cockatoo) at Hughes, ACT - 5 Mar 2019 Callocephalon fimbriatum (Gang-gang Cockatoo) at Hughes, ACT - 5 Mar 2019 Delias aganippe (Spotted Jezebel) at Hughes, ACT - 4 Mar 2019 Papilio anactus (Dainty Swallowtail) at Hughes, ACT - 4 Mar 2019 Alisterus scapularis (Australian King-Parrot) at Hughes, ACT - 4 Mar 2019 Callocephalon fimbriatum (Gang-gang Cockatoo) at Hughes, ACT - 4 Mar 2019 Papilio anactus (Dainty Swallowtail) at Hughes, ACT - 4 Mar 2019 Amegilla (Zonamegilla) asserta (Blue Banded Bee) at Hughes, ACT - 4 Mar 2019 Phalaenoides glycinae (Grapevine Moth) at Hughes, ACT - 3 Mar 2019 Vanessa kershawi (Australian Painted Lady) at Hughes, ACT - 3 Mar 2019 Phalaenoides glycinae (Grapevine Moth) at Hughes, ACT - 1 Mar 2019 Junonia villida (Meadow Argus) at Hughes, ACT - 28 Feb 2019 Alisterus scapularis (Australian King-Parrot) at Hughes, ACT - 10 Feb 2019 Acrididae sp. (family) (Unidentified Grasshopper) at Hughes, ACT - 20 Jan 2019 Jalmenus ictinus (Stencilled Hairstreak) at Hughes, ACT - 19 Jan 2019 Nymphes myrmeleonoides (Blue Eyes Lacewing) at Hughes, ACT - 16 Jan 2019 Plebs bradleyi (Enamelled Spider) at Hughes, ACT - 16 Jan 2019 Gastrimargus musicus (Yellow-winged Locust or Grasshopper) at Hughes, ACT - 15 Jan 2019 Pogona barbata (Eastern Bearded Dragon) at Hughes, ACT - 12 Jan 2019 Ocyphaps lophotes (Crested Pigeon) at Hughes, ACT - 9 Jan 2019 Malurus cyaneus (Superb Fairywren) at Hughes, ACT - 7 Jan 2019 Platycercus elegans (Crimson Rosella) at Hughes, ACT - 2 Jan 2019 Callocephalon fimbriatum (Gang-gang Cockatoo) at Hughes, ACT - 1 Jan 2019 Callocephalon fimbriatum (Gang-gang Cockatoo) at Hughes, ACT - 31 Dec 2018 Rutilia (Rutilia) sp. (genus & subgenus) (Bristle fly) at Hughes, ACT - 31 Dec 2018 Lamprima aurata (Golden stag beetle) at Hughes, ACT - 23 Dec 2018 Acanthiza pusilla (Brown Thornbill) at Hughes, ACT - 23 Dec 2018 Anoplognathus sp. (genus) (Unidentified Christmas beetle) at Hughes, ACT - 16 Dec 2018 Psaltoda moerens (Redeye Cicada) at Hughes, ACT - 11 Dec 2018 Pogona barbata (Eastern Bearded Dragon) at Hughes, ACT - 29 Nov 2018 Eudynamys orientalis (Eastern Koel) at Hughes, ACT - 3 Nov 2018 Pycnoporus sp. (Scarlet Bracket) at Hughes, ACT - 8 Aug 2018 Cleora sp. (genus) (TBC) at Hughes, ACT - 26 May 2018 Boreoides subulatus (Wingless Soldier Fly) at Hughes, ACT - 28 Apr 2018 Nyctemera amicus (Senecio or Magpie moth) at Hughes, ACT - 28 Apr 2018 Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris (Eastern Spinebill) at Hughes, ACT - 18 Apr 2018 Alisterus scapularis (Australian King-Parrot) at Hughes, ACT - 24 Mar 2018 Callocephalon fimbriatum (Gang-gang Cockatoo) at Hughes, ACT - 23 Mar 2018 Ptilonorhynchus violaceus (Satin Bowerbird) at Hughes, ACT - 3 Mar 2018 Zosterops lateralis (Silvereye) at Hughes, ACT - 28 Feb 2018 Isopeda sp.(genus) (Huntsman Spider) at Hughes, ACT - 27 Feb 2018 Fulgoroidea sp. (superfamily) (Unidentified fulgoroid planthopper) at Hughes, ACT - 26 Feb 2018 Corcorax melanorhamphos (White-winged Chough) at Hughes, ACT - 24 Feb 2018 Ptilonorhynchus violaceus (Satin Bowerbird) at Hughes, ACT - 13 Feb 2018 Malurus cyaneus (Superb Fairywren) at Hughes, ACT - 2 Feb 2018 Alisterus scapularis (Australian King-Parrot) at Hughes, ACT - 27 Jan 2018 Cracticus torquatus (Grey Butcherbird) at Hughes, ACT - 25 Jan 2018 Sphex sp. (genus) (Unidentified Sphex digger wasp) at Hughes, ACT - 22 Dec 2017 Helea ovata (Pie-dish beetle) at Hughes, ACT - 9 Dec 2017 Trichosurus vulpecula (Common Brushtail Possum) at Hughes, ACT - 23 Feb 2017 Chenonetta jubata (Australian Wood Duck) at Hughes, ACT - 30 Jul 2016 Zosterops lateralis (Silvereye) at Hughes, ACT - 11 Apr 2016 Chenonetta jubata (Australian Wood Duck) at Hughes, ACT - 22 Jun 2014
Opisthoncus grassator (Jumping spider) at Hughes, ACT - 15 May 2019
Dolophones sp. (genus) (Wrap-around spider) at Hughes, ACT - 15 May 2019
Boreoides subulatus (Wingless Soldier Fly) at Hughes, ACT - 2 May 2019
Ectropis sp. (genus) (An engrailed moth) at Hughes, ACT - 2 May 2019
Boreoides subulatus (Wingless Soldier Fly) at Hughes, ACT - 25 Apr 2019
Coprinus sp. (genus) at Hughes, ACT - 23 Apr 2019
Metura elongatus (Saunders' case moth) at Hughes, ACT - 20 Apr 2019
Callocephalon fimbriatum (Gang-gang Cockatoo) at Hughes, ACT - 14 Apr 2019
Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris (Eastern Spinebill) at Hughes, ACT - 14 Apr 2019
Corcorax melanorhamphos (White-winged Chough) at Hughes, ACT - 8 Apr 2019
Catantopini sp. (tribe) (Unidentified grasshopper) at Hughes, ACT - 3 Apr 2019
Badumna insignis (Black House Spider) at Hughes, ACT - 30 Mar 2019
Ectropis bispinaria (Loop-line Bark Moth) at Hughes, ACT - 27 Mar 2019
Pieris rapae (Cabbage White) at Hughes, ACT - 26 Mar 2019
Vanessa kershawi (Australian Painted Lady) at Hughes, ACT - 26 Mar 2019
Vanessa itea (Yellow Admiral) at Hughes, ACT - 22 Mar 2019
Lampona sp. (genus) (White-tailed spider) at Hughes, ACT - 20 Mar 2019
Sarcophagidae sp. (family) (Unidentified flesh fly) at Hughes, ACT - 20 Mar 2019
Junonia villida (Meadow Argus) at Hughes, ACT - 19 Mar 2019
Malurus cyaneus (Superb Fairywren) at Hughes, ACT - 19 Mar 2019
Rutilia sp. (genus) (A Rutilia bristle fly, subgenus unknown) at Hughes, ACT - 18 Mar 2019
Phalaenoides glycinae (Grapevine Moth) at Hughes, ACT - 15 Mar 2019
Cebysa leucotelus (Australian Bagmoth) at Hughes, ACT - 15 Mar 2019
Comocrus behri (Mistletoe day moth) at Hughes, ACT - 15 Mar 2019
Papilio aegeus (Orchard Swallowtail) at Hughes, ACT - 13 Mar 2019
Papilio anactus (Dainty Swallowtail) at Hughes, ACT - 13 Mar 2019
Alisterus scapularis (Australian King-Parrot) at Hughes, ACT - 12 Mar 2019
Ptilonorhynchus violaceus (Satin Bowerbird) at Hughes, ACT - 11 Mar 2019
Eutrichopidia latinus (Yellow-banded Day-moth) at Hughes, ACT - 11 Mar 2019
Grallina cyanoleuca (Magpie-lark) at Hughes, ACT - 11 Mar 2019
Delias aganippe (Spotted Jezebel) at Hughes, ACT - 10 Mar 2019
Platycercus elegans (Crimson Rosella) at Hughes, ACT - 10 Mar 2019
Delias harpalyce (Imperial Jezebel) at Hughes, ACT - 8 Mar 2019
Zosterops lateralis (Silvereye) at Hughes, ACT - 5 Mar 2019
Papilio aegeus (Orchard Swallowtail) at Hughes, ACT - 5 Mar 2019
Callocephalon fimbriatum (Gang-gang Cockatoo) at Hughes, ACT - 5 Mar 2019
Callocephalon fimbriatum (Gang-gang Cockatoo) at Hughes, ACT - 5 Mar 2019
Delias aganippe (Spotted Jezebel) at Hughes, ACT - 4 Mar 2019
Papilio anactus (Dainty Swallowtail) at Hughes, ACT - 4 Mar 2019
Alisterus scapularis (Australian King-Parrot) at Hughes, ACT - 4 Mar 2019
Callocephalon fimbriatum (Gang-gang Cockatoo) at Hughes, ACT - 4 Mar 2019
Papilio anactus (Dainty Swallowtail) at Hughes, ACT - 4 Mar 2019
Amegilla (Zonamegilla) asserta (Blue Banded Bee) at Hughes, ACT - 4 Mar 2019
Phalaenoides glycinae (Grapevine Moth) at Hughes, ACT - 3 Mar 2019
Vanessa kershawi (Australian Painted Lady) at Hughes, ACT - 3 Mar 2019
Phalaenoides glycinae (Grapevine Moth) at Hughes, ACT - 1 Mar 2019
Junonia villida (Meadow Argus) at Hughes, ACT - 28 Feb 2019
Alisterus scapularis (Australian King-Parrot) at Hughes, ACT - 10 Feb 2019
Acrididae sp. (family) (Unidentified Grasshopper) at Hughes, ACT - 20 Jan 2019
Jalmenus ictinus (Stencilled Hairstreak) at Hughes, ACT - 19 Jan 2019
Nymphes myrmeleonoides (Blue Eyes Lacewing) at Hughes, ACT - 16 Jan 2019
Plebs bradleyi (Enamelled Spider) at Hughes, ACT - 16 Jan 2019
Gastrimargus musicus (Yellow-winged Locust or Grasshopper) at Hughes, ACT - 15 Jan 2019
Pogona barbata (Eastern Bearded Dragon) at Hughes, ACT - 12 Jan 2019
Ocyphaps lophotes (Crested Pigeon) at Hughes, ACT - 9 Jan 2019
Malurus cyaneus (Superb Fairywren) at Hughes, ACT - 7 Jan 2019
Platycercus elegans (Crimson Rosella) at Hughes, ACT - 2 Jan 2019
Callocephalon fimbriatum (Gang-gang Cockatoo) at Hughes, ACT - 1 Jan 2019
Callocephalon fimbriatum (Gang-gang Cockatoo) at Hughes, ACT - 31 Dec 2018
Rutilia (Rutilia) sp. (genus & subgenus) (Bristle fly) at Hughes, ACT - 31 Dec 2018
Lamprima aurata (Golden stag beetle) at Hughes, ACT - 23 Dec 2018
Acanthiza pusilla (Brown Thornbill) at Hughes, ACT - 23 Dec 2018
Anoplognathus sp. (genus) (Unidentified Christmas beetle) at Hughes, ACT - 16 Dec 2018
Psaltoda moerens (Redeye Cicada) at Hughes, ACT - 11 Dec 2018
Pogona barbata (Eastern Bearded Dragon) at Hughes, ACT - 29 Nov 2018
Eudynamys orientalis (Eastern Koel) at Hughes, ACT - 3 Nov 2018
Pycnoporus sp. (Scarlet Bracket) at Hughes, ACT - 8 Aug 2018
Cleora sp. (genus) (TBC) at Hughes, ACT - 26 May 2018
Boreoides subulatus (Wingless Soldier Fly) at Hughes, ACT - 28 Apr 2018
Nyctemera amicus (Senecio or Magpie moth) at Hughes, ACT - 28 Apr 2018
Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris (Eastern Spinebill) at Hughes, ACT - 18 Apr 2018
Alisterus scapularis (Australian King-Parrot) at Hughes, ACT - 24 Mar 2018
Callocephalon fimbriatum (Gang-gang Cockatoo) at Hughes, ACT - 23 Mar 2018
Ptilonorhynchus violaceus (Satin Bowerbird) at Hughes, ACT - 3 Mar 2018
Zosterops lateralis (Silvereye) at Hughes, ACT - 28 Feb 2018
Isopeda sp.(genus) (Huntsman Spider) at Hughes, ACT - 27 Feb 2018
Fulgoroidea sp. (superfamily) (Unidentified fulgoroid planthopper) at Hughes, ACT - 26 Feb 2018
Corcorax melanorhamphos (White-winged Chough) at Hughes, ACT - 24 Feb 2018
Ptilonorhynchus violaceus (Satin Bowerbird) at Hughes, ACT - 13 Feb 2018
Malurus cyaneus (Superb Fairywren) at Hughes, ACT - 2 Feb 2018
Alisterus scapularis (Australian King-Parrot) at Hughes, ACT - 27 Jan 2018
Cracticus torquatus (Grey Butcherbird) at Hughes, ACT - 25 Jan 2018
Sphex sp. (genus) (Unidentified Sphex digger wasp) at Hughes, ACT - 22 Dec 2017
Helea ovata (Pie-dish beetle) at Hughes, ACT - 9 Dec 2017
Trichosurus vulpecula (Common Brushtail Possum) at Hughes, ACT - 23 Feb 2017
Chenonetta jubata (Australian Wood Duck) at Hughes, ACT - 30 Jul 2016
Zosterops lateralis (Silvereye) at Hughes, ACT - 11 Apr 2016
Chenonetta jubata (Australian Wood Duck) at Hughes, ACT - 22 Jun 2014

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