Chloroclystis approximata (Walker, 1869)
Cherry Looper Moth
(one synonym : Phryssogonus pyretodes Meyrick, 1891)
EUPITHECIINI ,   LARENTIINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of Merlin Crossley)

The Caterpillars of this species vary from green to yellow to brown. Their name comes from their habit of feeding on flowers and young fruit of

  • Cherry ( Prunus avium, ROSACEAE ),

    and they have also been found feeding on:

  • Apple ( Malus domestica, ROSACEAE ), and
  • Silver Wattle ( Acacia dealbata, MIMOSACEAE ).

    They remain well hidden by wrapping themselves around the flowers.


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

    The adults vary from green to brown or grey, with a scalloped banded pattern. The green specimens fade to grey after death. The forewings of the males have a row of pinkish hairs and a bulge on the costa.


    female
    (Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Bentleigh, Victoria)

    The undersides are plain. In their resting position, the moths have their wings outspread, which makes them difficult to see when resting on the bark of a tree. The moths have a wingspan of about 4 cms.


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

    The species is found in

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


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


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 54.2, pp. 67, 377.

    Peter Marriott,
    Moths of Victoria: Part 3 - Waves & Carpets - GEOMETROIDEA (C),
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2011, pp. 12-13, 30-31.


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    (updated 26 February 2013)