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Green Garden Looper Moth

Chrysodeixis eriosoma

Description:

Chrysodeixis eriosoma (Doubleday, 1843), the Green Garden Looper, is a moth of the family Noctuidae, subfamily Plusiinae, tribe Argyrogrammatini. It has a wingspan of 42 mm. It differs from C. signata in the head, thorax, and forewing having a reddish tinge; abdomen with the lateral and anal tufts often black in the male. Forewing with much more gilding on the basal, medial, and outer areas; the Y mark large, prominent, and golden, the arms often filled in with golden and occasionally joined to the tail. The adult moth is dark grey-brown, with bunched hairs on its head which look like a short pair of horns. On each forewing of males and females is a silvery figure of eight with the two halves separated, unlike the related species C. subsidens in which they are fused together. The absence of a tiny silver 's' on the forewings distinguishes it from another related species, C. argentifera. They all have a wingspan of about 3 cm. Some specimens are much darker than others.

Habitat:

Backyard. Spotted this one on a feather duster.

Notes:

Reference: With Philippine distribution: http://www.cabi.org/dmpp/?loadmodule=rev... Compare with Chrysodeixis chalcites: http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesda... With Philippine distribution: http://www.cabi.org/dmpp/?loadmodule=rev...

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Laguna, Philippines

Spotted on Jan 16, 2013
Submitted on Mar 4, 2013

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