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.

    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)