Chrysolarentia lucidulata (Walker, 1862)
Lucid Carpet
(one synonym is: Euphyia festa L.B. Prout, 1939)
XANTHORHOINI ,   LARENTIINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

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

These caterpillars feed on low growing herbaceous plants such as:

  • Buckhorn Plantain ( Plantago lancelata, PLANTAGINACEAE ).

    Chrysolarentia lucidulata
    (Specimen: courtesy of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)

    The adult moth of this species has brown light and dark bands across the forewings, and has yellow hindwings. The moths have a wing span of about 2.5 cms.

    Chrysolarentia lucidulata
    underside
    (Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Moths of Victoria: Part 3)

    The species is found over much of south-east Australia, including

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


    Further reading :

    Peter B. McQuillan,
    An overview of the Tasmanian geometrid moth fauna (Lepidoptera: Geometridae) and its conservation status,
    Journal of Insect Conservation,
    Volume 8, Issues 2 & 3, June 2004, pp. 209-220.

    Peter Marriott,
    Moths of Victoria: Part 3,
    Waves & Carpets - GEOMETROIDEA (C)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2011, pp. 14-15.

    Francis Walker,
    Geometrites,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 25 (1861), p. 1407, No. 66.


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    (updated 24 September 2011, 10 March 2013)