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
(Photo: courtesy of S. 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. 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)

    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, 11 June 2014)