Chlorocoma assimilis (T.P. Lucas, 1888)
Golden-fringed Emerald
(one synonym : Iodis commoda T.P. Lucas, 1892)
GEOMETRINAE,   GEOMETRIDAE,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of Steve Williams, Moths of Victoria: Part 4)

This Caterpillar is green with dark red true legs, one pair of black prolegs, and green claspers. There is a pair of blunt horns on the head, and a blunt pink horn on the tail. The connections between segments are marked by a narrow dark ring edged with pink. There is a dark mark under the join between the first and second abdominal segments.


(Photo: courtesy of Steve Williams, Moths of Victoria: Part 4)

The caterpillars are thought to feed on the buds and shoots of

  • Wattles ( Acacia species, MIMOSACEAE ).


    pupa
    (Photo: courtesy of Steve Williams, Moths of Victoria: Part 4)

    The pupa is brown.


    (Photo: courtesy of Trevor Jinks, North Burnett, Queensland)

    The adult moth is green. The termen of each wing and the costa of each forewing are yellow. Because of the predominant green colour, this and related species of moths are called 'Emeralds'. The moth has a wingspan of about 3 cms.


    (Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Moths of Victoria: Part 4)

    The eggs are oval and brown, and microscopically pitted.


    eggs magnified
    (Photo: courtesy of Steve Williams, Moths of Victoria: Part 4)

    The species is found in :

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Victoria,
  • Tasmania,
  • South Australia, and
  • Western Australia.


    Further reading :

    Pat and Mike Coupar,
    Flying Colours,
    New South Wales University Press, Sydney 1992, p. 41.

    Thomas P. Lucas,
    Contribution to a knowledge of the genus Iodis,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Series 2, Volume 3 (1888), p. 1265.

    Peter Marriott,
    Moths of Victoria: Part 4,
    Emeralds and Allies - GEOMETROIDEA (B)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2012, pp. 34-35.


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    (updated 29 June 2013, 22 June 2018)