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  Macrocosma Moth (Niceteria macrocosma)





Macrocosma Moth | Niceteria macrocosma photo
Niceteria macrocosma, Aranda, Australian Capital Territory

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



MACROCOSMA MOTH FACTS

Identification
Macrocosma Moth is geometrid moth from eastern Australia. The forewings are brown and whitish in a distinctive pattern. The half of the forewing nearest the body is dark brown, and the outer half is pale with dark patch on the leading edge of each forewing. The hindwings are yellow with broad black outer band. The body is brown with yellowish abdomen. The caterpillar is green with a paler green stripe along each side

Size
about 2.5 cm long with wingspan about 4 cm

Habitat
eucalypt woodland and other habitats with suitable eucalypt food trees

Food
the caterpillar feeds on the leaves of eucalypt trees

Range
Macrocosma Moth is found in southern Queensland, eastern New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania



Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Lepidoptera
Family:Geometridae
Genus:Niceteria
Species:macrocosma
Common Name:Macrocosma Moth