Chrysolarentia vicissata (Guenée, 1857)
Vicissata Carpet
(erroneously known as Chrysolarentia viscissata)
XANTHORHOINI,   LARENTIINAE,   GEOMETRIDAE,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@yahoo.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Chrysolarentia vicissata
(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.

Chrysolarentia vicissata
(Photo: courtesy of Dr David G. Hewitt, Yarra Ranges, Victoria)

The moths are inclined to rest facing downwards.

Chrysolarentia vicissata
drawing by Achille Guenée, listed as Coremia vicissata
,
in Boisduval & Guenée: Uranides et Phalénites,
Histoire naturelle des insectes; spécies général des lépidoptères,
Volume 9, Part 10 (1857), Plate 9, fig. 5,
image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.

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

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

    Chrysolarentia vicissata
    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. 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)

    Peter Marriott,
    Moths of Victoria: Part 3,
    Waves & Carpets - GEOMETROIDEA (C)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2011, pp. 14-15.


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    (updated 17 December 2011, 8 September 2013, 6 October 2015, 11 May 2018, 13 October 2019, 19 March 2021)