Chloroclystis approximata (Walker, 1869)
Plumed or Cherry Looper
(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 thecosta.


    female
    (Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Moths of Victoria: Part 3)

    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)