Hestiochora xanthocoma Meyrick, 1886
(erroneously known as Hestiochora xanthosoma)
PROCRIDINAE,   ZYGAENIDAE,   ZYGAENOIDEA
  
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Hestiochora xanthocoma
(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

The adult moth of this species is rather wasp-like, having a black body with some yellow bands, and a yellow collar around its head. The wings are black with a broad yellow stripe along the middle of each wing. The underside of the abdomen is white. The female is rather fatter than the male. The moth has a wingspan of about 2 cms.

Hestiochora xanthocoma
underside
(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

The species is found in:

  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Edward Meyrick,
    Revision of Australian Lepidoptera. I,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Series 2, Volume 1, Part 3 (1886), pp. 788-789, No. 144.

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


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    (updated 27 January 2012)