Chaetolopha emporias (Turner, 1904)
Small Forest Carpet
(previously known as Scordylia emporias)
LARENTIINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Chaetolopha emporias
(Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda, Queensland)

The Caterpillars of this species are thought to feed on

  • Ferns ( POLYPODIOPHYTA ).

    The adult moth has brown wings, with a pale spot in a dark mark near the wingtip, and broad light and dark bands across each forewing. The hindwings are a uniform pale brown. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

    Chaetolopha emporias
    (Photo: courtesy of Olga Schmidt)

    The species has been found in :

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


    Further reading:

    Peter Marriott,
    Moths of Victoria: Part 3,
    Waves & Carpets - GEOMETROIDEA (C)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2011, pp. 34-35.

    Olga Schmidt,
    A revision of the genus Chaetolopha Warren (Lepidoptera: Geometridae: Larentiinae) with a description of Parachaetolopha, gen. nov.,
    Invertebrate Systematics, Volume 16 (2002), pp. 703-733.

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    Revision of Australian Lepidoptera. Family Geometridae,
    Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria,
    Volume 16 (1904), p. 245, No. 44.


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    (updated 26 February 2013)