Chrysolarentia actinipha (Lower, 1902)
Sharp-angled Carpet
(previously known as Hydriomena actinipha)
XANTHORHOINI ,   LARENTIINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


early instar
(Photo: courtesy of Steve Williams, Moths of Victoria: Part 3)

The early instar Caterpillars of this species are loopers with vague light and dark brown stripes, and sparse stiff hairs.


late instar
(Photo: courtesy of Steve Williams, Moths of Victoria: Part 3)

For food: the caterpillars accepted

  • Chickweed ( Stellaria media, CARYOPHYLLACEAE ).

    As the caterpillars matured, the hairs became less obvious, and a vague zigzag pattern developed along the sides of the caterpillars.


    (Photo: courtesy of Cathy Powers, Brisbane Ranges, Victoria)

    The adult moths have brown forewings crossed by pale and dark wavy bands. The moths have pale brown hindwings, each with a scalloped pale submarginal arc. The moths have a wingspan of about 2.5 cms.


    (Photo: courtesy of Axel Kallies, Moths of Victoria: Part 3)

    The eggs are white and oval. They are laid singly and apparently haphazardly.


    eggs
    (Photo: courtesy of Steve Williams, Moths of Victoria: Part 3)

    The species hhas been found in

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


    Further reading:

    Oswald B. Lower,
    Descriptions of new Australian Geometrina, etc.,
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume 26 (1902), p. 248.

    Peter Marriott,
    Moths of Victoria: Part 3,
    Waves & Carpets - GEOMETROIDEA (C)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2011, pp. 14-15.


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    (written 22 April 2017, updated 28 May 2017)