Pollanisus calliceros Turner, 1926
PROCRIDINAE,   ZYGAENIDAE,   ZYGAENOIDEA
  
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Pollanisus calliceros
male
(Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

The adult male moth of this species has black wings, with the forewings having a green iridescence. The head is shiny green with a black collar. The thorax and abdomen are shiny green. The antennae are very pectinated. The wingspan of the male is about 1.8 cms.

The female is black with a green iridescence, has vestigial wings, and is flightless. The female has thread-like antennae, and a wide sheaf of hairs on the tip of the abdomen.

The subspecies calliceros Turner 1926, has been found in:

  • New South Wales,
  • Victoria, and
  • Tasmania.

    The subspecies azurea Tarmann 2005, is found in uplands of northern and central New South Wales.


    Further Reading:

    Gerhard M. Tarmann,
    Zygaenid moths of Australia,
    CSIRO Publishing 2004, pp. 13-14, 32, 47, 59, 65, 106-107, 116, 125, pls. 31, 32.

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    New and little-known Tasmanian Lepidoptera.,
    courtesy of the
    Library Open Repository, University of Tasmania Library,
    Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania,
    1925, pp. 115-116.


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    (written 16 December 2018)