Chlenias zonaea Guest, 1887
Pine Looper or Zoned Crest-moth
(redescribed by Meyrick, 1892)
NACOPHORINI ,   ENNOMINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Cathy Young & Stella Crossley

Chlenias zonaea
(Photo: copyright Cathy Young)

This Caterpillar is off-white with thin black lines on the head and body, and broader orange lines along the abdomen. The spiracles and true legs are red. The caterpillar has been found feeding on various plants including:

  • Pines ( PINACEAE ),
  • Coastal Daisybush ( Olearia axillaris, ASTERACEAE ) and
  • Cherry Plum ( Prunus cerasifera, ROSACEAE ).

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

    The adult moths are grey, with variable streaky patterns on the forewings. At rest, the moths wrap their wings around the body.

    Chlenias zonaea
    adult moth, lying low
    (Photo: copyright Cathy Young)

    The eggs are white and oval, and are laid in untidy clumps.

    Chlenias zonaea
    eggs, magnified
    (Photo: copyright Cathy Young)

    The species has been found in:

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


    Further reading :

    Edward Guest,
    A classified list of Geometrina found around Balhannah, with notes on species,
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume 9 (1887), p. 140, No. 21.

    Marilyn Hewish,
    Moths of Victoria: Part 5 - Satin Moths and Allies - GEOMETROIDEA (A),
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2014, pp. 22-23.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Revision of Australian Lepidoptera V,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Series 2, Volume 6, Part 4 (1892), p. 665, No. 102.

    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 17 September 2011, 27 October 2013, 31 December 2015)