Archaeoses pentasema (Lower, 1915)
(one synonym is Archaeoses neurotenes Turner, 1932)
COSSIDAE,   COSSOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Archaeoses pentasema
(Photo: courtesy of Peter Woodall, Bunya Mountains, Queensland)

The adult moths of this species have forewings covered by five dark-edged pale grey or brown stripes extending from the base to the margin, interrupted by a broad transverse band covered with a complex outlined network of small brown patches. The head is pale grey or brown with a double dark-edged crest of pale hair. The undersides of the scapes of the antennae are white. The hindwings are plain brown. The wingspan of the males is about 3 cms. The females have a wingspan of about 4 cms.

Archaeoses pentasema
(Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

The species has been found in

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • South Australia, and
  • Western Australia.

    Archaeoses pentasema
    underside, showing white underside to antennae bases
    (Photo: copyright of Brett and Marie Smith at Ellura Sanctuary, South Australia)


    Further reading :

    Oswald B. Lower,
    Descriptions of new Australian Lepidoptera,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 40 (1915), pp. 478-479.

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


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    (written 20 October 2017)