(erroneously known as Chrysolarentia viscissata)
XANTHORHOINI, LARENTIINAE, GEOMETRIDAE, GEOMETROIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Moths of Victoria: Part 3)
The Caterpillar of this species is striped with various shades of brown. It feeds nocternally on a variety of herbaceous plants, resting on the ground under leaves by day.
Pupation occurs in a flimsy cocoon among the leaf litter.
The adult moth has brown forewings each with various pale marking including a broad white transverse band. The hind wings are yellow, with brown markings along the hind margins. The wingspan is about 3 cms.
The moths are inclined to rest facing downwards.
The eggs are ovoid, and initially off-white, turning yellow as hatching approaches. They are laid on the ground near a foodplant.
This species has been taken in
Uranides et Phalénites,
in Boisduval & Guenée:
Histoire naturelle des insectes; spécies général des lépidoptères,
Volume 9, Part 10 (1857), p. 421, No. 1584, and also Plate 9, fig. 5.
Peter B. McQuillan, Jan A. Forrest, David Keane, & Roger Grund,
Caterpillars, moths, and their plants of Southern Australia,
Butterfly Conservation South Australia Inc., Adelaide (2019), p. 113.
(listed as Chrysolarentia viscissata)
Moths of Victoria: Part 3,
Waves & Carpets - GEOMETROIDEA (C),
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2011, pp. 14-15.
(updated 17 December 2011, 8 September 2013, 6 October 2015, 11 May 2018, 13 October 2019, 19 March 2021)