Chrysolarentia nephodes (Meyrick, 1891)
High-country Carpet
(previously known as Xanthorhoe nephodes)
XANTHORHOINI,   LARENTIINAE,   GEOMETRIDAE,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


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

Each forewing of the adult moth of this species has patterns of wiggly bands of light and dark brown, and an elongated dark spot near the middle. The hindwings are paler than the forewings, with the same central spot, but only vestigial bands. The males and females have similar wing patterns, but the antennae of the females is thread-like, and males have feathery antennae. The moths have a wingspan of about 4 cms.


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

The species is found in the mountainous areas of

  • New South Wales,
  • Victoria,
  • Tasmania.


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


    Further reading:

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

    Edward Meyrick,
    Revision of Australian Lepidoptera IV,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Series 2, Volume 5, Part 4 (1890), pp. 874-874, No. 89.


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    (written 1 May 2018)