Chloroclystis katherina Robinson

Katherina’s Geometer Moth (Chloroclystis katherina)

This species, which was described in 1975, is obviously endemic to Viti Levu, Fiji, and appears to be restricted to montane forests.

The moth has a wingspan of 1,5 to 1,8 cm.



[1] Gaden S. Robinson: Macrolepidoptera of Fiji and Rotuma: a taxonomic and biogeographic study. Classey 1975
[2] Neal L. Evenhuis: Checklist of Fijian Lepidoptera. Bishop Museum Technical Report 38(13): 1-53. 2007


Xyridacma ustaria Walker

Tarata Looper Moth (Xyridacma ustaria


New Zealand: Codfish Island; North Island; South Island

local names: –


The Tarata Looper moth was described in 1863, the species is endemic to New Zealand where it appears to quite common.

Adult Tarata Looper Moths have a wingspan of about 4 cm, they are very variably colored and marked.

The caterpillars of this species feed on the leaves of the tarata (Pittosporum eugenioides A. Cunn.) and the kohuhu (Pittosporum tenuifolium Gaertn.), and very likely also of other species of this genus.



Photo: Donald Hobern

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edited: 22.12.2018