Zyganisus caliginosus (Walker, 1856)
Australian Goat Moth
(previously known as Cossus caliginosus)
COSSINAE,   COSSIDAE,   COSSOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@yahoo.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of Alan Melville, Tasmania)

The adult moths are grey with a tracery of dark lines on the forewings. The head is hairy and cream coloured. The thorax has a brown dorsal patch. The wingspan is about 5 cms.


(Picture: courtesy of CSIRO Australian National Insect Collection)

The species has been found in:

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Victoria, and
  • Tasmania.


    underside
    (Photo: courtesy of Elaine McDonald, Nicholls Rivulet, Tasmania)


    Further reading :

    Francis Walker,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 7 (1856), p. 1522, No. 23.


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    (updated 23 July 2010)