Chlorodes boisduvalaria (Le Guillou, 1841)
Boisduval's Emerald
(previously known as Geometra boisduvalaria)
GEOMETRINAE,   GEOMETRIDAE,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

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

These Caterpillars have pairs of fleshy extensions along the back. The caterpillars have been found feeding on the flowers of:

  • Teatree ( Leptospermum species, MYRTACEAE ).

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

    The adult moths are very decorative. They have forewings that are green, with white and grey lines, and orange markings. The hindwings are white with an orange costa, and black spots on the margin and tornus. The margins of each wing have two smooth cusps. The wingspan is about 3 cms.

    The species has been found in

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

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


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 11.30, p. 373.

    Elie Jean Francois Le Guillou,
    Description de huit espèces de Lépidoptères découvertes pendant le voyage de la Zélée,
    Revue Zoologique par la Societe Cuvierienne,
    Volume 4 (1841), p. 258, No. 8.

    Peter Marriott,
    Moths of Victoria: Part 4,
    Emeralds and Allies - GEOMETROIDEA (B)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2012, pp. 30-31.


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    (updated 29 June 2013, 18 June 2018)