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Geometer moth (Geometridae)Geometridae sp. (family)

Unidentified Geometer moths at ANBG

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Geometridae sp. (family) at ANBG - 3 Sep 2019
Geometridae sp. (family) at ANBG - 3 Sep 2019
Geometridae sp. (family) at ANBG - 3 Sep 2019
Geometridae sp. (family) at ANBG - 3 Sep 2019
Geometridae sp. (family) at ANBG - 3 Sep 2019

Identification history

Geometer moth (Geometridae) Geometridae sp. (family) 9 Sep 2019 ibaird
Geometer moth (Geometridae) Geometridae sp. (family) 9 Sep 2019 donhe
Unidentified 9 Sep 2019 Tim L

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Author's notes

Thanks to Marcus Leach for the initial sighting of this very active caterpillar in the middle of a road. It was constantly moving the head end around in all directions and didn't appear to be making any progress in a particular direction.

4 comments

donhe wrote:
   9 Sep 2019
It could be mature and seeking somewhere nice to pupate. Many Geometrids burrow under the soil to pupate, and the ground your beastie was on looks very frustrating for that activity.
donhe wrote:
   9 Sep 2019
Did you take it into protective custody? Basically the only way to determine the species of most caterpillars is to rear them in protective custody (to keep predators and parasites away), and rear it to the adult moth. Otherwise it is a useless observation.
Tim L wrote:
   10 Sep 2019
Thanks for the identification to date and apologies for the useless observation. Whilst I understand the issue, a lot of the images I post are taken in the Australian National Botanic Gardens and as such the Gardens prohibits the public from removing any materials from within the Gardens. Consequently, I won't be removing anything from the Gardens, but will continue to post sightings which hopefully may contribute to CNM's records.
Tim
donhe wrote:
   10 Sep 2019
You could take it back and release it where you found it.

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Melangyna viridiceps (Hover fly) at ANBG - 16 Jul 2019 by Tim L
Culicidae sp. (family) (A mosquito) at ANBG - 6 Jul 2019 by Christine
Monomorium kiliani (Kilian's ant) at ANBG - 6 Jul 2019 by Christine
Psocodea 'Psocoptera' sp. (order) (Unidentified bark louse) at ANBG - 4 Jul 2019 by Tim L
Psocodea 'Psocoptera' sp. (order) (Unidentified bark louse) at ANBG - 4 Jul 2019 by Tim L
Podomyrma sp. (genus) (Muscleman Tree Ant) at ANBG - 3 Jul 2019 by Tim L
Camponotus claripes (Pale-legged sugar ant) at ANBG - 27 Jun 2019 by Tim L
Chironomidae sp. (family) (Midge) at ANBG - 28 May 2019 by Tim L
Xylocopa aeratus (Metallic Green Carpenter Bee) at ANBG - 25 May 2019 by Tim L
Aegotheles cristatus (Australian Owlet-nightjar) at ANBG - 25 May 2019 by Christine
Petroica rosea (Rose Robin) at ANBG - 23 May 2019 by MattM
Zoothera lunulata (Bassian Thrush) at ANBG - 7 May 2019 by RodDeb
Xylocopa aeratus (Metallic Green Carpenter Bee) at ANBG - 23 Apr 2019 by PeterA
Xylocopa aeratus (Metallic Green Carpenter Bee) at ANBG - 18 Apr 2019 by Alison Milton
Acanthiza pusilla (Brown Thornbill) at ANBG - 18 Apr 2019 by Alison Milton
Eopsaltria australis (Eastern Yellow Robin) at ANBG - 18 Apr 2019 by Alison Milton
Papilio aegeus (Orchard Swallowtail) at ANBG - 16 Apr 2019 by Tim L
Camponotus sp. (genus) (A sugar ant) at ANBG - 16 Apr 2019 by Tim L
Xylocopa aeratus (Metallic Green Carpenter Bee) at ANBG - 15 Apr 2019 by RodDeb
Acanthiza lineata (Striated Thornbill) at ANBG - 15 Apr 2019 by RodDeb
Xylocopa aeratus (Metallic Green Carpenter Bee) at ANBG - 14 Apr 2019 by Tim L
Xylocopa aeratus (Metallic Green Carpenter Bee) at ANBG - 9 Apr 2019 by Tim L
Xylocopa aeratus (Metallic Green Carpenter Bee) at ANBG - 9 Apr 2019 by Tim L
Papilio aegeus (Orchard Swallowtail) at ANBG - 9 Apr 2019 by Tim L

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Location information

  • Coordinates 149.105290-35.275857
  • Altitude 677.1m
  • Maps ANBG
  • Places Acton, ACT

Species information

  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 1 Abundance
  • 25mm to 50mm Animal size (mm)
  • 3 Sep 2019 Recorded on
  • Tim L Recorded by

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