Chaetolopha emporias (Turner, 1904)
(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.

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 apex, 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.


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    (updated 26 February 2013)