Pollanisus empyrea (Meyrick, 1888)
(one synonym is Procris amethystina Meyrick, 1888)
PROCRIDINAE,   ZYGAENIDAE,   ZYGAENOIDEA
  
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

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

This caterpillar is brown and hairy.

The adult moths of this species are black with a bronze iridescence. The abdomen of the female has a bunch of gold hairs on the tip. The antennae of the male are pectinated, and the antennae of the female are threadlike. The wingspan of both sexes is about 1.8 cms.

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

The species has been found in:

  • Western Australia


    Further Reading:

    Gerhard M. Tarmann,
    Zygaenid moths of Australia,
    CSIRO Publishing 2004, pp. 59, 65, 67, 73-76, 79-81, 111, 119, 127, pls. 8, 64.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Revision of Australian Lepidoptera II,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Series 2, Volume 2, Part 4 (1888), p. 927.


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    (written 16 December 2018)