Chlorocoma stereota (Meyrick, 1888)
White-lined Emerald
(previously known as Iodis stereota)
GEOMETRINAE,   GEOMETRIDAE,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Peter Marriott & Stella Crossley

Chlorocoma stereota
early instar
(Photo: courtesy of Steve Williams, Moths of Victoria, Part 4)

The Caterpillars of this species are green loopers, with brownish shading at the joints between segments. The head has a pair of short horns.

Chlorocoma stereota
mature instar
(Photo: courtesy of Steve Williams, Moths of Victoria, Part 4)

The caterpillars are thought to feed on

  • bipinnate Wattles ( Acacia species, MIMOSACEAE ).

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

    The adult moths are basically green so that they belong to the group called 'Emeralds'. For this species, each wing has a white sub-marginal line. The abdomen also has a white dorsal line. The wingspan is about 3 cms.

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

    Chlorocoma stereota
    underside
    (Photo: courtesy of Steve Williams, Moths of Victoria, Part 4)

    The undersides are plain green.

    The eggs are pale brown, ellipsoidal, and minutely pitted. They are laid in chains.

    Chlorocoma stereota
    eggs, magnified
    (Photo: courtesy of Steve Williams, Moths of Victoria, Part 4)

    Specimens have been caught in :

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

    Chlorocoma stereota
    male, head
    (Photo: courtesy of Laura Levens, Upper Beaconsfield, Victoria)


    Further reading :

    Peter Marriott,
    Moths of Victoria: Part 4,
    Emeralds and Allies - GEOMETROIDEA (B)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2012, pp. 34-35.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Revision of Australian Lepidoptera II,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Series 2, Volume 2, Part 4 (1888), pp. 875-876, No. 41.


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    (updated 29 June 2013, 16 June 2018)