Chlenias stenosticha Turner, 1919
Pale Grey Crest-moth
NACOPHORINI,   ENNOMINAE,   GEOMETRIDAE,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

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

These Caterpillars are dark brown with a white line along each side containing an orange mark on each side of each segment. The caterpillar has been found feeding on

  • Hakea and
  • Grevillea, (both in PROTEACEAE ),

    as well as

  • Cryptandra ( RHAMNACEAE )
  • Pultenaea ( FABACEAE ) and
  • Cassytha ( LAURACEAE ).

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

    The adult moths of this species have brown forewings, each with some incomplete dark streaks. The hindwings are pale brown darkening toward the edges. The wingspan is about 4 cms.

    The species has been found in:

  • Victoria,
  • South Australia, and
  • Western Australia.


    Further Reading

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

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    Revision of Australian Lepidoptera VI (Third instalment),
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 44 (1919), p. 402, No. 270.


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    (written 30 December 2015)