Chlorocoma dichloraria (Guenée, 1857)
Double-fringed or Guenée's Emerald
(previously known as Chlorochroma dichloraria)
GEOMETRINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Chlorocoma dichloraria
(Photo: courtesy of Jenny Holmes, Great Western, Victoria)

This caterpillar is a streaky green and brown. Its head has a pair of blunt horns. At rest, the caterpillar stands up at an angle looking like a twig. The caterpillar feeds on various Wattles ( MIMOSACEAE ) including

  • Black Wattle ( Acacia mearnsii ).

    Chlorocoma dichloraria
    (Photo: courtesy of Jenny Holmes, Great Western, Victoria)

    The pupa is brown, with dark lines on the developing wing areas, and dark spiracles along the abdomen.

    Chlorocoma dichloraria
    (Photo: courtesy of Laura Levens, Upper Beaconsfield, Victoria)

    The adult is green, and has two faint white zig-zag lines across each wing. Because of the predominant green colour, this and related species of moths are called 'Emeralds'. The moth has a wingspan of about 3 cms.

    Chlorocoma dichloraria
    underside
    (Photo: courtesy of Laura Levens, Upper Beaconsfield, Victoria)

    The species is found in :

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

    Chlorocoma dichloraria
    close-up of head
    (Photo: courtesy of Laura Levens, Upper Beaconsfield, Victoria)


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 11.24, p. 374.

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

    Achille Guenée,
    Uranides et Phalénites,
    in Boisduval & Guenée:
    Histoire naturelle des insectes; spécies général des lépidoptères,
    Volume 9, Part 9 (1857), p. 365, No. 577, and also Plate 6, fig. 8.

    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 4 July 2013, 19 September 2013)