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ⓘ Herb emerald. Microloxia herbaria, the herb emerald, is a moth of the family Geometridae. The species was first described by Jacob Hubner in 1808. It is a wides ..




Herb emerald
                                     

ⓘ Herb emerald

Microloxia herbaria, the herb emerald, is a moth of the family Geometridae. The species was first described by Jacob Hubner in 1808. It is a widespread species that can be found along the Mediterranean region, southern Europe, central Asia towards southern Asia including India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka and to the Russian Far East.

                                     

1. Biology

It is a green moth with white irrorations speckles. Host plants of the caterpillar include Artemisia, Thymus capitatus, Mentha suaveolens, Vernonia centaureoides, Helichrysum stoechas and Teucrium polium.

                                     

2. Subspecies

Three subspecies are recognized.

  • Microloxia herbaria indecretata Walker, 1863
  • Microloxia herbaria advolata Eversmann, 1837
  • Microloxia herbaria ruficornis Warren, 1897