Pollanisus viridipulverulenta (Guérin-Méneville, 1839)
Satin-Green Forester
(previously known as Procris viridipulverulenta)
PROCRIDINAE ,   ZYGAENIDAE ,   ZYGAENOIDEA
  
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley
and
Pat & Mike Coupar

Pollanisus viridipulverulenta
(Photo from: "Flying Colours", Coupar & Coupar, 1992)

This Caterpillar is brown with clumps of short hair. It feeds on the flowers of various species of:

  • Guinea flowers ( Hibbertia, DILLENIACEAE ),

    and grows to a length of about 1 cm.

    It pupates in a cocoon amongst the foliage or in the ground litter at the foot of the foodplant.


    (Specimen: courtesy of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)

    The adult moth has spectacular metallic blue-green head, thorax, and forewings. The hindwings are grey.

    Pollanisus viridipulverulenta
    male
    (Photo: copyright of Brett and Marie Smith, at Ellura Sanctuary, South Australia)

    Sadly the shiny green scales rub off the wings very easily when the moth is handled.


    male, underside
    (Photo: copyright of Brett and Marie Smith, at Ellura Sanctuary, South Australia)

    The female has a yellow tuft at the tip of the abdomen. The moths have a wingspan of about 3 cms.


    female, underside
    (Photo: copyright of Brett and Marie Smith, at Ellura Sanctuary, South Australia)

    The species is found over much of Australia, including

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Victoria,
  • Tasmania,
  • South Australia, and
  • Western Australia.


    drawing by Félix Édouard Guérin-Méneville, listed as Procris viridipulverulenta

    Satyrus Latreille and Procris, Magasin de Zoologie, d'Anatomie Comparée et de Palaeontologie,
    Volume 2, Part 1 (1839), Plate 11, fig. 4, image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 24.12, p. 297.

    Pat and Mike Coupar,
    Flying Colours,
    New South Wales University Press, Sydney 1992, p. 91.

    Félix Édouard Guérin-Méneville,
    Satyrus Latreille and Procris,
    Magasin de Zoologie, d'Anatomie Comparée et de Palaeontologie,
    Volume 2, Part 1 (1839), p. 2, and also Plate 11, fig. 4.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 220.

    Gerhard M. Tarmann,
    Zygaenid moths of Australia,
    CSIRO Publishing, 2004.
    .


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    (updated 27 January 2012, 15 December 2016)