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  Apple Looper Moth (Phrissogonus laticostata)





Apple Looper Moth | Phrissogonus laticostata photo
Phrissogonus laticostata male, Aranda, Australian Capital Territory

Image by Donald Hobern - Some rights reserved.    (view image details)



APPLE LOOPER MOTH FACTS

Identification
The Apple Looper Moth is a moth that belongs to the Geometridae family. It is a fairly dull looking moth. The forewings are pale brown with darker brown and black markings. The male has angular bend in the forewing, which is absent in the female forewings. The caterpillars are loopers that move by stretching out and then bringing up the tail end to the front forming a loop or U-shape with their body. The caterpillars are less than 1 cm long.

Size
wingspan about 15 mm

Food
The caterpillars feed on a range of plants

Breeding
the female moth lays small round eggs which hatch into caterpillars.

Range
Phrissogonus laticostata is found in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia and South Australia. It is also found in New Zealand.



Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Lepidoptera
Family:Geometridae
Genus:Phrissogonus
Species:laticostata
Common Name:Apple Looper Moth