Chlorocoma cadmaria Guenée, 1857
Spectacular Emerald
(one synonym : Chlorochroma vulnerata Butler, 1882)
GEOMETRINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Peter Marriott & Stella Crossley


With wings that are green with red edges, the adult moths of this species are members of the group called 'Emeralds'. Each hindwing also has a substantial red spot in the middle, unlike those of the Emerald Chlorocoma vertumnaria. Each forewing has a vestigial spot in the middle. The hindwings are rounded, unlike those of the Emerald Chlorocoma tetraspila. The moths have a wing span of about 2 cms.


(Specimen: courtesy of Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)

The species has been found in:

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


    Further reading :

    Achille Guenée,
    Uranides et Phalénites,
    in Boisduval & Guenée: Histoire Naturelle des Insectes; Spécies Général des Lépidoptères,
    Volume 9, Part 9 (1857), pp. 365-366, No. 579.

    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 13 July 2013)