Chloroclystis insigillata (Walker, 1862)
Insigillated Carpet
(previously known as Eupithecia insigillata)
EUPITHECIINI ,   LARENTIINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Chloroclystis insigillata
female
(Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Aranda, Australian Capital Territory).

The adult moth of this species is grey-brown, with mottled wings. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

Chloroclystis insigillata
male
(Photo: courtesy of James Bailey, Bentleigh, Victoria).

The males are notable for having a tuft of scales on the costa of each forewing.

Chloroclystis insigillata
underside
(Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Aranda, Australian Capital Territory)..

The species has been found all over Australia in :

  • Northern Territory,
  • Queensland.
  • New South Wales,
  • Australian Capital Territory,
  • Victoria,
  • Tasmania,
  • South Australia, and
  • Western Australia.


    Further reading :

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

    Francis Walker,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 24 (1862), p. 1245, No. 98.


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    (updated 26 February 2013, 9 April 2015, 20 January 2016)