Prorocopis euxantha Lower, 1902
Golden Crest
CALPINAE,   EREBIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
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and
Peter Marriott & Stella Crossley

Prorocopis euxantha
(Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Aranda, Australian Capital Territory)

The adult moth has fawn forewings covered with intricate patterns of dark lines. The hindwings are yellow, with a dark border. The head carries a crest of dark scales. The abdomen is yellow with a black dorsal line. The moth has a wing span of about 3 cms.

Prorocopis euxantha
(Photo: courtesy of Ian Baird, O'Connor, Australian Capital Territory)

This species may be found over most of Australia, including

  • Northern Territory,
  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Australian Capital Territory,
  • Victoria,
  • South Australia, and
  • Western Australia.

    Prorocopis euxantha
    (Specimen: courtesy of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 45.2, p. 450.

    Oswald B. Lower,
    New Species of Australian Lepidoptera,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 26 (1901), p. 657.

    Peter Marriott,
    Moths of Victoria - Part 8,
    Night Moths and Allies - NOCTUOIDEA(B)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2017, pp. 10-11, 16-17.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 150.


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    (updated 13 April 2013, 2 November 2018)