Endoxyla macleayi Froggatt, 1894
(one synonym : Xyleutes rothschildi Oberthür, 1916)
ZEUZERINAE ,   COSSIDAE ,   COSSOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


male
(Photo: courtesy of Ross Kendall, Butterfly Encounters, taken in Warwick, Queensland)

The adult moths of this species are grey, with a black spot near the middle, and often other dark markings on each forewing. The hindwings are plain and often darker than the forewings.

The females have been noted as the heaviest Australian insect. The vital statistics of Ross' specimen are:

Weight 6 grams,
Length 70mm,
Wingspan 155mm.
The species occurs in
  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.


    Further reading:

    Walter Wilson Froggatt,
    Wood moths: With some account of their life-histories,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Series 2, Volume 19, Part 2 (1894) p. 380.

    Paul Zborowski & Ted Edwards,
    A Guide to Australan Moths,
    CSIRO Publishing, 2007, p. 164.


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    (written 5 February 2015, updated 13 February 2015)