Metallochlora venusta (Warren, 1896)
(one synonym : Thalera pudica Pagenstecher, 1900)
GEOMETRINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Metallochlora venusta
(Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda, Queensland)

The adult moths of this species have pale green wings, each with a dark curved line across the middle. There is a small black dot near the centre of each forewing, and the hindwings each have a cusp midway along the margin. The thorax is green but the abdomen has a dark spot on the back of each segment. The green colour of the wings fades to brown after the moth dies. The wingspan is about 3 cms.

This species occurs in Queensland.


Further reading :

William Warren,
New species of Drepanulidae, Thyrididae, Uraniidae, Epilemidae, and Geometridae in the Tring Museum,
Novitates Zoologicae,
Volume 3 (1896), p. 365, No. 73.


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(updated 7 February 2010)