Chloroclystis filata (Guenée, 1857)
Filata Moth
(previously known as Eupithecia filata)
EUPITHECIINI,   LARENTIINAE,   GEOMETRIDAE,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Chloroclystis filata
bud with hole
(Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Moths of Victoria: Part 3)

These caterpillars have been found feeding in the flower buds of

  • Dusky Bells ( Correa species, RUTACEAE ).

    Chloroclystis filata
    inside of pink bud showing pink speckled caterpillar
    (Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Moths of Victoria: Part 3)

    The caterpillars in pink varieties of Correa are pink with yellow stripes and speckles.

    Chloroclystis filata
    pink speckled caterpillar from pink bud
    (Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Moths of Victoria: Part 3)

    The caterpillars in green varieties of Correa are green.

    Chloroclystis filata
    green caterpillar from green bud
    (Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Moths of Victoria: Part 3)

    Pupation takes place within the flower.

    The adult moth of this species is brown, with sinuous pale bands across the wings. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

    Chloroclystis filata
    (Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Aranda, Australian Capital Territory)

    The colours are variable, some individuals having large areas of the forewings replaced with white.

    Chloroclystis filata
    unusual variant
    (Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Moths of Victoria: Part 3)

    The species is found in :

  • New Zealand,

    as well as in Australia in:

  • Norfolk Island,
  • New South Wales,
  • Australian Capital Territory,
  • Victoria,
  • Tasmania, and
  • South Australia.


    Further reading :

    Achille Guenée,
    Uranides et Phalénites,
    in Boisduval & Guenée:
    Histoire naturelle des insectes; spécies général des lépidoptères,
    Volume 9, Part 10 (1857), p. 353, No. 1474.

    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, 12 May 2018)