Chaetolopha oxyntis (Meyrick, 1891)
Triangle Forest Carpet
(previously known as Scordylia oxyntis)
LARENTIINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Chaetolopha oxyntis
(Photo: courtesy of Laura Levens, Victoria).

The caterpillars of this species are thought to feed on

  • Ferns ( POLYPODIOPHYTA ).

    The adult moth has pale brown wings, with a large dark brown triangle outlined in white on each forewing. The moth is unusual for its family GEOMETRIDAE in keeping its hindwings covered by the forewings in its natural posture. The wingspan is about 4 cms.

    Chaetolopha oxynitis
    (Photo: courtesy of Olga Schmidt).

    The species is found in :

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales, and
  • Victoria.


    Further reading:

    Peter Marriott,
    Moths of Victoria: Part 3 - Waves & Carpets - GEOMETROIDEA (C),
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2011, pp. 34-35.

    Olga Schmidt,
    A revision of the genus Chaetolopha Warren (Lepidoptera: Geometridae: Larentiinae) with a description of Parachaetolopha, gen. nov.,
    Invertebrate Systematics, Volume 16 (2002), pp. 703-733.


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    (updated 4 September 2013)