Archaeoses polygrapha (Lower, 1893)
Tufted Goat Moth
(formerly known as Cossus polygrapha)
COSSIDAE,   COSSOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@yahoo.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Archaeoses 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

  • Tufted Grass Tree ( Xanthorhoea semiplana, ASPHODELACEAE ).

    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

  • Victoria,
  • Tasmania,
  • South Australia, and
  • Western Australia.


    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.


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    (written 20 October 2017, updated 9 October 2019)