Aeolochroma mniaria (Goldfinch, 1929)
Cryptic Emerald
(previously known as Terpna mniaria)
GEOMETRINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

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

The adult moths of this species have wings with a complex pattern black, white, and green. The green fades to brown in old dead specimens. The wingspan is about 2.5 cms.

Aeolochroma mniaria
(Specimen: courtesy of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)

The species has been found in

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

    Aeolochroma mniaria
    underside, photo by Gilbert Macarthur Goldfinch, listed as Terpna mniaria
    ,
    Revision of Australian Geometridae (Lepidoptera),
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 54 (1929), Plate XIV, fig. 2,
    image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library,
    digitized by Marine Biological Laboratory & Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Library.


    Further reading :

    Gilbert Macarthur Goldfinch,
    Revision of Australian Geometridae (Lepidoptera),
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 54 (1929), p. 395, and also Plate 14, figs. 1, 2.

    Peter Marriott,
    Moths of Victoria: Part 4,
    Emeralds and Allies - GEOMETROIDEA (B)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2012, pp. 28-29.


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    (updated 28 June 2013, 25 April 2014)