Hemichloreis exoterica (Meyrick, 1888)
Crayon Emerald
(previously known as Iodis exoterica)
GEOMETRINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


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

This Caterpillar is thought to feed on:

  • Ferns ( POLYPODIOPHYTA ).

    The adult moth has a striking pattern of green, black and white on each wing. The males and females have similar patterns, but are different sizes. The female moths have a wingspan of about 3 cms. The males have a wingspan of about 2 cms.

    The species is found in

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


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, pls. 11.27, 11.28.

    Peter Marriott,
    Moths of Victoria: Part 4,
    Emeralds and Allies - GEOMETROIDEA (B)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2012, pp. 32-33.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Revision of Australian Lepidoptera II,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Series 2, Volume 2, Part 4 (1888), p. 891, No. 69.


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    (written 26 April 2014)