(previously known as Procris tricolor)
PROCRIDINAE , ZYGAENIDAE , ZYGAENOIDEA
Peter Cunningham & Stella Crossley
The Caterpillar of this species feeds on various species of MYRTACEAE including :
The adult moth is rather wasp-like, having a black body with white bands, and a red collar around its head. The wings are black but lose the scales readily to become partly transparent. The moth has a wingspan of about 2 cms.
The species is found over the southern half of Australia, including
The species name actually covers a complex of several unrelated species, which are superficially similar, but which can only be distinguished by microscopic examination of the genitalia.
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 7.18, pp. 297-298.
Gerhard M. Tarmann,
Zygaenid moths of Australia: a revision of the Australian Zygaenidae,
CSIRO Publishing, 2004.
Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
Part 1 (1854), p. 111, No. 13.
(updated 28 January 2012, 24 February 2014, 26 November 2015)