Chrysolarentia severata (Guenée, 1857)
Finely-lined Carpet
(previously known as Camptogramma severata)
XANTHORHOINI,   LARENTIINAE,   GEOMETRIDAE,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Chrysolarentia severata
(Photo: courtesy of S. Williams, Moths of Victoria: Part 3)

This Caterpillar is brown and wrinkly. When troubled, early instars are inclined to roll into a spiral with the head inside. Later instars lie along their supporting twig.

Chrysolarentia severata
(Photo: courtesy of S. Williams, Moths of Victoria: Part 3)

The caterpillars have been raised on

  • Cranberry Heath ( Astroloma humifusum, ERICACEAE ).

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

    The adult moth of this species is grey or brown, with light and dark bands across the wings. The moths have a wing span of about 3 cms. The moths at rest sometimes choose to face downwards.

    Chrysolarentia severata
    (Photo: courtesy of Joan Fearn, Moruya, New South Wales)

    The species occurs in

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

    DNA analysis has indicated that there may be several species all listed under this name.

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


    Further reading:

    Achille Guenée,
    Uranides et Phalénites,
    in Boisduval & Guenée:
    Histoire naturelle des insectes; spécies général des lépidoptères,
    Volume 9, Part 10 (1857), p. 428, No. 1598.

    Peter Marriott,
    Moths of Victoria: Part 3,
    Waves & Carpets - GEOMETROIDEA (C)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2011, pp. 20-21.


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    (updated 6 September 2013, 11 May 2018)