Chrysolarentia melanchlaena (Turner, 1922)
Dark-cloaked Carpet
(previously known as Dasyuris melanchlaena)
XANTHORHOINI ,   LARENTIINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


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

The adult moth of this species has dark brown wings with the forewings crossed by pale broken wavy lines. The hindwings are brown with indistinct patterns. The males and females have similar wing patterns. The moths have a wingspan of about 2.5 cms.

This is an alpine species, found in

  • New South Wales,
  • Victoria,
  • Tasmania, and
  • South Australia.


    Further reading:

    Peter Marriott,
    Moths of Victoria: Part 3,
    Waves & Carpets - GEOMETROIDEA (C)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2011, pp. 22-23.

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    Australian Lepidoptera of the group Geometrites,
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume 46 (1922), p. 258.


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    (written 10 March 2013)