Chrysolarentia mecynata (Guenée, 1857)
Mecynata Carpet
(one synonym : Camptogramma extraneata Walker, 1863)
XANTHORHOINI ,   LARENTIINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


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

The adult moth of this species is brown with a number of dark faint zigzag lines across the forewings. The hindwings of the female are yellowish with some vague darker transversebands. The male is similar to the female, but more drab looking. The moths have a wingspan of about 2.5 cms.


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

The species occurs in

  • New South Wales,
  • Australian Capital Territory,
  • Victoria, where it is common in gardens in the suburbs south of Melbourne, where specimens can be caught from September to April,
  • Tasmania,
  • South Australia, and
  • Western Australia.


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


    Further reading:

    Achille Guenée,
    Uranides et Phalénites,
    in Boisduval & Guenée:
    Histoire naturelle des insectes; spécies général des lépidoptères,
    Volume 9, Part 10 (1857), pp. 424-425, No. 1590.

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


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