(previously known as Procris viridipulverulenta)
PROCRIDINAE, ZYGAENIDAE, ZYGAENOIDEA
Pat & Mike Coupar
(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:
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.
The adult moth has spectacular metallic blue-green head, thorax, and forewings. The hindwings are grey.
Sadly the shiny green scales rub off the wings very easily when the moth is handled.
The female has a yellow tuft at the tip of the abdomen. The moths have a wingspan of about 3 cms.
The eggs are round and yellow, and laid in small clusters on a foodplant. The female moth camouflages the eggs with hairs from her anal tuft.
The species is found over much of Australia, including
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 24.12, p. 297.
Pat and Mike Coupar,
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.
Peter B. McQuillan, Jan A. Forrest, David Keane, & Roger Grund,
Caterpillars, moths, and their plants of Southern Australia,
Butterfly Conservation South Australia Inc., Adelaide (2019), pp. 77, 190.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 220.
Gerhard M. Tarmann,
Zygaenid moths of Australia,
CSIRO Publishing 2005, pp. 11-12, 28, 31-32, 37-38, 59, 63, 65, 67-72, 76, 82-83, 108, 116-117, 126, pls. 1, 2, 3, 59, 60, 61, 64.
(updated 27 January 2012, 15 December 2016, 10 October 2019, 27 April 2020)