Chrysolarentia trygodes (Meyrick, 1891)
Variable Carpet
(previously known as Hydriomena trygodes)
XANTHORHOINI ,   LARENTIINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


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

The adult moth of this species is very variable. One form has brown forewings with a broad dark band across each one. The hindwings are brown, each with some narrow brown bands across each one.


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

A yellow form has yellower wings. A dark form has dark forewings, although some authors think that this is the separate species: Chrysolarentia phaulophanes. The moths have a wing span of about 2 cms.

This species has been found in

  • New South Wales,
  • Victoria,
  • Tasmania, and
  • Western Australia.


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

    This species may have been placed in the wrong genus.


    Further reading:

    Peter Marriott,
    Moths of Victoria: Part 3,
    Waves & Carpets - GEOMETROIDEA (C)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2011, pp. 18-19.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Revision of Australian Lepidoptera V,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Series 2, Volume 5, Part 4 (1890), pp. 851-852, No. 65.


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    (written 7 September 2013, updated 16 June 2015)