Tufted Goat Moth
(formerly known as Cossus polygrapha)
(Photo: courtesy of Marianne Broug, Hawthorndene, South Australia)
The caterpillars of this species have been found boring into the stems of
The adult moths have pale grey forewings with a complex pattern of dark markings. The head is pale grey or brown with a double dark-edged crest of pale hair. The scapes of the antennae are yellow. The hindwings are plain grey-brown. The forewings have concave hind-margins The wingspan of the males is about 3 cms. The females have a wingspan of about 4 cms.
The eggs are black and laid in circular piles around stems of bushes.
The species has been found in
Further reading :
Oswald B. Lower,
New Australian Lepidoptera.,
Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
Volume 17, Part 1 (1893), p. 148.
Peter B. McQuillan, Jan A. Forrest, David Keane, & Roger Grund,
Caterpillars, moths, and their plants of Southern Australia,
Butterfly Conservation South Australia Inc., Adelaide (2019), p. 67.
(written 20 October 2017, updated 9 October 2019, 19 January 2022)