Euproctis lucifuga (T.P. Lucas, 1892)
(previously known as: Artaxa lucifuga)
LYMANTRIIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


male
(Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda, Queensland)

This adult moth has a black body with an orange hairy tuft on the tail. The forewings are brown. The hind wings are plain orange. The moths have a wingspan up to 5 cms.


female
(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

The males have two pale zig-zag lines across each forewing. The females have unformly brown forewings. The wingspan is about 2 cms.


female, underside
(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

It is an Australian rainforest species from

  • Northern Territory,
  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.


    Further reading :

    Thomas P. Lucas,
    On twenty new Species of Australian Lepidoptera,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Series 2, Volume 7, Part 2 (1892), pp. 250-251.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 110.


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    (updated 11 February 2010, 22 December 2012)