Lactura pilcheri (T.P. Lucas, 1891)
(previously known as Calligenia pilcheri)
LACTURIDAE,   ZYGAENOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Lactura pilcheri
(Photo: courtesy of Valry Ryland, Magnetic Island, Queensland)

This adult moth has brown forewings, each with a number of off-white spots of various sizes, and a couple of yellow patches. The hindwings are brown with yellow costas and hind margins.

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

The head is yellow, as are the feet (tarsi), although the legs are white on top and brown underneath. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

Lactura pilcheri
(Photo: courtesy of Valry Ryland, Magnetic Island, Queensland)

The species occurs in

  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.

    Eustixis pilcheri
    underside
    (Photo: courtesy of Valry Ryland, Magnetic Island, Queensland)


    Further reading :

    Thomas P. Lucas,
    On Queensland and other Australian Lepidoptera with descriptions of new species,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Series 2, Volume 6, Part 2 (1891), p. 279.


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    (written 25 May 2018, updated 11 June 2018)