Chlenias seminigra Rosenstock, 1885
Black-caped Crest-moth
(one synonym : Phalera innotata Hampson, 1896)
NACOPHORINI ,   ENNOMINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Ted L. Martin & Stella Crossley

Chlenias seminigra
(Photo: copyright Ted L. Martin)

This Caterpillar is black with a pattern of parallel yellow lines and red spots. The caterpillar feeds on plants in the family FABACEAE.

Chlenias seminigra
(Photo: courtesy of Marilyn Hewish, Moths of Victoria: Part 5)

The adult moth can be dark grey or brown, sometimes with striking black markings. The moth folds its wings across its back rather than spreading them out flat like the adult moths of other Tribes of GEOMETRIDAE do. The wingspan is about 4 cms.

Chlenias seminigra
(Photo: courtesy of Cathy Young)

The species has been found in:

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

    Chlenias seminigra
    (Photo: copyright Ted L. Martin)

    The eggs are pale yellow, smooth, and squarish. They are laid in a row along the edge of a leaf.

    Chlenias seminigra
    (Photo: courtesy of Cathy Young)


    Further reading :

    Marilyn Hewish,
    Moths of Victoria: Part 5 - Satin Moths and Allies - GEOMETROIDEA (A),
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2014, pp. 20-21.

    Rudolph Rosenstock,
    Notes on Australian Lepidoptera, with descriptions of new species,
    Annals and Magazine of Natural History,
    Volume 5, Part 16 (1885), p. 430, No. 596.

    Cathy Young,
    Characterisation of the Australian Nacophorini and a Phylogeny for the Geometridae from Molecular and Morphological Data,
    Ph.D. thesis, University of Tasmania, 2003.


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    (updated 29 September 2009)