Anachloris subochraria (Doubleday, 1843)
Hook-winged Carpet
(one synonym : Camptogramma strangulata Guenée, 1857)
HYDRIOMENINI ,   LARENTIINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Anachloris subochraria
(Photo: courtesy of Steve Williams, Moths of Victoria: Part 3)

These Caterpillars are green, with three pairs of prolegs missing. The early instars are inclined to rest with their heads tucked under in an open spiral. Later instars rest stretched out along or between twigs.

Anachloris subochraria
(Photo: courtesy of Steve Williams, Moths of Victoria: Part 3)

The caterpillars have been thought to feed on a variety of plants including:

  • Guinea Flower ( Hibbertia, DILLENIACEAE ), and
  • Willow Herb ( Epilobium, ONAGRACEAE ).

    Anachloris subochraria
    (Photo: courtesy of Peter Rogers, Ringwood Field Naturalists).

    The adult moths have wings are usually bright ochreous-yellow. Each forewing has a dark discal dot, and a dark median band. The moths have a wingspan of about 3 cms.

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

    The species occurs in

  • New Zealand,

    and the southern half of Australia including

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

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


    Further reading :

    Peter Marriott,
    Moths of Victoria: Part 3 - Waves & Carpets - GEOMETROIDEA (C),
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2011, pp. 28-29.

    Olga Schmidt,
    Australian species of Anachloris Meyrick (Lepidoptera: Geometridae: Larentiinae): taxonomy, musculature of the male genitalia and systematic position,
    Australian Journal of Entomology, Volume 40, part 3 (July 2001), pp. 219-230.


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    (updated 24 February 2013, 8 October 2013, 29 August 2014)