Chlorocoma vertumnaria (Guenée, 1857)
Red-fringed Emerald
(one synonym : Geometra submissaria Walker, 1861)
GEOMETRINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Peter Marriott & Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of S. Williams, Moths of Victoria Part 4)

The Caterpillars of this species are green loopers with variable brown markings, and orange between the segments. The caterpillars have a pair of short reddish horns on the head. The caterpillars feed on

  • Wattles ( Acacia species, MIMOSACEAE ).


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

    This is one of the species known as 'Emeralds' because wings of the adult moths are green. In this species, the wings also have a red border. The wings have only a vestigial spot in the middle, unlike those of the Emerald Chlorocoma cadmaria. The wings are rounded, unlike those of the Emerald Chlorocoma tetraspila. The wingspan is about 2.5 cms.


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

    The species has been found in

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


    Further reading :

    Achille Guenée,
    Uranides et Phalénites,
    in Boisduval & Guenée:
    Histoire naturelle des insectes; spécies général des lépidoptères,
    Volume 9, Part 9 (1857), p. 365, No. 578.

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


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    (updated 29 June 2013, 26 April 2014)