Chrysodema smaragdula OLIVIER 1790 is one of the oldest Chrysodema species that have been described. It is also one with many different descriptions by different authors with 16 synonyms. This is because in the areas this species can be found, there are many variations ranging from dark to bright green, coppery and even yellowish. It has a very wide distribution ranging from the Philippines, Borneo, Papua New Guinea and all the way to some islands of New Britain and Solomon Islands in the east. After C. radians GUIRIN 1831, this species has the 2nd largest distributional range.
In the country, it is found in Mindanao, Dinagat, Romblon, Mindoro, Samar, Panay, Cebu, Bohol, and Leyte.