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

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

Illustrations of typical specimens of Lepidoptera Heterocera in the collection of the British Museum,
Part 1 (1877), Plate VI, fig. 8,
image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Gerstein Library, University of Toronto.

These Caterpillars are thought to feed on plants in DILLENIACEAE such as

  • Climbing Guinea Flower ( Hibbertia scandens ), and
  • Trailing Guinea Flower ( Hibbertia dentata. ).

    The adult moth is a metallic dark brown with three vague yellow marks on each forewing. The prothorax and abdomen are orange The moth has a wingspan of about 1 cm.

    The species has been found in:

  • southern Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.


    Further Reading:

    Francis Walker,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 1 (1854), p. 110, No. 12.

    Gerhard M. Tarmann,
    Zygaenid moths of Australia, CSIRO Publishing 2005, pp. 59, 63, 66-67, 84-86, 112, 120, 128, pls. 11, 64.


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    (updated 22 December 2012)