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

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

Illustrations of typical specimens of Lepidoptera Heterocera in the collection of the British Museum,
Part 1 (1877), Plate VI, fig. 5,
image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Gerstein Library, University of Toronto.

The Caterpillars of this species are thought to feed on

  • Buttercup Shrub ( Hibbertia hypericoides, DILLENACEAE ).

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

    The species has been found in:

  • Western Australia.


    Further Reading:

    Gerhard M. Tarmann,
    Zygaenid moths of Australia,
    CSIRO Publishing 2004, pp. 27,59,65, 67, 72-76, 80, 109, 117, 126, pls. 4, 60, 63, 64.

    Francis Walker,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 1 (1854), p. 115, No. 3.


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