Belongs within: Geometroidea.Contains: Eupithecia, Oenochrominae, Acidalianae, Geometrinae, Ennominae, Sterrhinae, Xanthorhoe. The Geometridae are a highly diverse group of moths. Their larvae are commonly known as loopers due to their characteristic looping mode of movement resulting from a reduction in the number of prolegs. Adults are commonly cryptically coloured with mottled grey or brown colours. Flight… Continue reading Geometridae


Belongs within: Geometroidea. The Uraniidae are a somewhat disparate group of moths united by the presence of sexually dimorphic tympanal organs on the abdomen. Members of the subfamily Uraniinae are often large, diurnal and superficially resemble butterflies in appearance. The Epipleminae are smaller, darker moths that usually hold the hind wings folded along the abdomen… Continue reading Uraniidae


Belongs within: Geometridae. Eupithecia, pugs, is a large and cosmopolitan genus of moths, most species of which are however small and difficult to distinguish. Larvae of most species feed on the flowers and seeds of their preferred food plants. Characters (from Watson & Dallwitz): Antennae of males simple; simply-ciliate. Face rough (with a short cone… Continue reading Eupithecia


Belongs within: Macroheterocera.Contains: Geometridae, Uraniidae. The Geometroidea is a highly diverse group of moths, the majority of which are placed in the family Geometridae. The Geometridae and Uraniidae share the presence of tympanal organs at the base of the abdomen, but these are absent in the small family Sematuridae (Grimaldi & Engel 2005). The Hydriomenidae… Continue reading Geometroidea