Chloroclystis testulata (Guenée, 1857)
Pome Looper
(also known as Pasiphilodes testulata)
EUPITHECIINI ,   LARENTIINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Chloroclystis testulata
pale band form
(Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Aranda, Australian Capital Territory)

These caterpillars have been found feeding on

  • the young fruit of Apples ( ROSACEAE ), and
  • the flowers of Wattles ( MIMOSACEAE ).

    Chloroclystis testulata
    dark form
    (Photo: courtesy of Joan Fearn, Moruya, New South Wales)

    The adult moth of this species is grey-brown, sometimes with a broad pale band across each wing. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

    Chloroclystis testulata
    underside
    (Photo: copyright of Brett and Marie Smith, Ellura Sanctuary, South Australia)

    The species has been found in :

  • New Zealand,

    as well as in Australia in

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


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, pp. 67, 377.

    Achille Guenée,
    Uranides et Phalénites,
    in Boisduval & Guenée:
    Histoire naturelle des insectes; spécies général des lépidoptères,
    Volume 9, Part 10 (1857), p. 352, No. 1471.

    Peter Marriott,
    Moths of Victoria: Part 3,
    Waves & Carpets - GEOMETROIDEA (C)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2011, pp. 30-31.


    previous
    back
    caterpillar
    Australian
    Australian Butterflies
    butterflies
    Australian
    home
    caterpillars
    Australian
    Australian Moths
    moths
    next
    next
    caterpillar

    (updated 26 February 2013, 23 September 2016)