Lactura erythractis (Meyrick, 1887)
(previously known as Enaemia erythractis)
LACTURIDAE,   ZYGAENOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley
Lactura erythractis
(Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda, Queensland)

This adult moth has forewings which have a striking but variable criss-cross pattern of scarlet on a yellow background.

Lactura erythractis
(Specimen: courtesy of the The Australian Museum)

The hindwings are a uniform silky orange. Its wingspan is about 3 cms.

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

The species occurs in :

  • the north of Western Australia
  • Northern Territory,
  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.

    Lactura erythractis
    mating pair
    (Photo: by Matt Flinders, Kimberley, Western Australia, courtesy of Steve Dodge)


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 7.20, p. 299.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of new Lepidoptera,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Series 2, Volume 1, Part 4 (1887), pp. 1043-1044.

    Paul Zborowski and Ted Edwards,
    A Guide to Australian Moths, CSIRO Publishing, 2007, p. 112.


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    (updated 1 November 2010, 26 May 2018)