Culama australis Walker, 1856
(one synonym : Culama mesogeia Turner, 1932)
COSSINAE ,   COSSIDAE ,   COSSOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Culama australis
(Photo: courtesy of Jenny Holmes, Great Western, Victoria)

These caterpillars are red, and bore along just under the bark of

  • Gum Trees ( Eucalyptus species, MYRTACEAE ).

    Culama australis
    (Specimen: courtesy of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)

    The adult moths of this species have grey wings, with dark lines across each forewing. At rest the moths wrap their wings around their body. The wingspan is about 5 cms.

    Culama australis
    (Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

    The species has been found in

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


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 26.5, p. 270.

    Axel Kallies & Douglas J. Hilton,
    Revision of Cossinae and small Zeuzerinae from Australia (Lepidoptera: Cossidae),
    Zootaxa,
    3454 (2012), pp. 6-8.

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    New Australian Lepidoptera,
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume 56 (1932), p. 195-196.

    Francis Walker,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 7 (1856), p. 1525, No. 1.

    Paul Zborowski and Ted Edwards,
    A Guide to Australian Moths,
    CSIRO Publishing, 2007, p. 92.


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    (updated 8 September 2012, 17 September 2013)