Redescription of the little-known Australian geometrid moth Palleopa innotata Walker, 1866 (Lepidoptera: Geometridae: Ennominae) CATHERINE J. YOUNG and PETER B. MCQUILLAN The previously overlooked geometrid genus Palleopa Walker, which includes one described, widespread species: innotata, is reviewed. The genus has an eastern Bassian distribution, south of latitude 28°S, in the moist forests and woodlands of south eastern Australia from sea level to over 1000m. The distinctive larvae feed on the foliage of Eucalyptus trees. The imma- ture stages are described and the life cycle is illustrated for the first time. C. J. Young & P. B. McQuillan, School of Geography and Environmental Studies, University of Tasmania, GPO Box 252-78, Hobart, Tasmania 7001, Australia. Introduction The unusual geometrid Palleopa innotata Walker (1866) has not been previously recognised in Australian collections (McQuillan & Edwards 1996). Collectors resident in south eastern Australia between 1870 and 1930 such as E. Mey- rick, E. Guest, W. Barnard, G. H. Raynor, O. B. Lower, G. Lyell and A. J. Turner all failed to col- lect or recognise the species and it has not previ- ously been illustrated. Palleopa Walker was orig- inally proposed in the family Noctuidae (Walker 1866). The holotype was claimed to
Insect Systematics & Evolution – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2001
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