Elassoptila microxutha Turner, 1902
LIMACODIDAE ,   ZYGAENOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Elassoptila microxutha
(Photo: courtesy of Nick Monaghan, Bunya, Queensland)

These adult moths are brown, with some vague markings including an incomplete dark-edged pale diagonal line from the middle of the costa to the tornus of each forewing, and a yellowish patch at the base of each hindwing. The moths have an unusual ruff of scales at the back of the head. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

The males are unusual as they fly during the day, following zig-zag courses just above the ground.

The species occurs in

  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, p. 301.

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    New Australian Lepidoptera,
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume 26 (1902), pp. 206-207.


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    (updated 11 April 2011)