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Emerald Moth

Emerald Moth
Photo: Courtesy of Damon Ramsey
BSc.(Zool) Biologist Guide


EMERALD MOTH: Family Sphingidae

  • Largest family of moths.


  • Cryptically coloured adults, often brown like tree trunks, or green like leaves (thus 'emerald').

  • Caterpillars are called 'loopers'.


  • Found worldwide, especially in tropical areas.

Additional Information: Courtesy of Damon Ramsey

Family Geometridae

  • The family  contains the small 'inchworms' or looper caterpillars that later develop into many of the small and medium sized moths that lay flat against trunks in the Daintree and most other parts of the world.

  • They are often coloured in browns or greens (emerald moths) to blend in with the tree trunks and the lichen.

Script: Courtesy of  Damon Ramsey BSc.(Zool) Biologist Guide

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