Tufted Goat Moth
(formerly known as Cossus polygrapha)
(Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)
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)