Pollanisus apicalis (Walker, 1854)
(previously known as Procris apicalis)
PROCRIDINAE ,   ZYGAENIDAE ,   ZYGAENOIDEA
  
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Pollanisus apicalis
(Photo : courtesy of Donald Hobern, Aranda, Australian Capital Territory)

This caterpillar is hairy and basically pale green, but has a white dorsal band, and dorsolateral and lateral rows of dark outlined rings. The caterpillar has been found feeding on

  • Hoary Guinea Flower ( Hibbertia obtusifolia, DILLENIACEAE ).

    The adult moth has metallic dark green forewings, and grey hindwings. The female has a yellow tuft on her tail. The moths have a wingspan of about 2 cms.

    Pollanisus apicalis
    drawing by Arthur G. Butler, listed as Procris apicalis,

    Illustrations of typical specimens of Lepidoptera Heterocera in the collection of the British Museum,
    Part 1 (1877), Plate VI, fig. 2,
    image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Gerstein Library, University of Toronto.

    The species has been found in:

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Australian Capital Territory,
  • Victoria,
  • Tasmania, and
  • South Australia.


    Further Reading:

    Gerhard M. Tarmann,
    Zygaenid moths of Australia,
    CSIRO Publishing 2004.

    Francis Walker,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 1 (1854), p. 111, No. 14.


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    (updated 15 June 2009, 13 January 2014, 26 November 2015)