ZYGAENIDAE of Australia
Foresters and Burnet Moths
ZYGAENOIDEA
  
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

ZYGAENIDAE

caterpillar
  
ZYGAENIDAE

moths
  
ZYGAENIDAE

undersides

This family has moths very brightly coloured in metallic-looking oranges, blacks, greens and blues. The adult moths of many species in this family are day-flying, in contrast to their Caterpillars which are nocturnal feeders. The moths can release the poisonous gas Hydrogen Cyanide, which may account for their warning colours. The 43 named Australian species of ZYGAENIDAE are:

  • Australartona mirabilis

  • Hestiochora continentalis
    Hestiochora erythrota
  • Hestiochora furcata
  • Hestiochora intermixa
  • Hestiochora occidentalis
    Hestiochora queenslandensis
    Hestiochora tricolor
    Hestiochora xanthocoma

  • Homophylotis artonoides
  • Homophylotis pseudothyridota
  • Homophylotis thyridota

  • Myrtartona coronias
  • Myrtartona leucopleura
  • Myrtartona mariannae
    Myrtartona rufiventris

  • Onceropyga anelia
  • Onceropyga pulchra

  • Palmartona catoxantha

  • Pollanisus acharon
  • Pollanisus angustifrons
    Pollanisus apicalis
  • Pollanisus calliceros
  • Pollanisus commoni
  • Pollanisus contrastus
    Pollanisus cupreus
    Pollanisus cyanota
  • Pollanisus edwardsi
  • Pollanisus empyrea
  • Pollanisus eumetopus
  • Pollanisus eungellae
  • Pollanisus incertus
  • Pollanisus isolatus
  • Pollanisus lithopastus
  • Pollanisus modestus
  • Pollanisus nielseni
    Pollanisus subdolosa
    Pollanisus trimacula
    Pollanisus viridipulverulenta : Satin-Green Forester

  • Pseudoamuria neglecta
  • Pseudoamuria uptoni

  • Thyrassia inconcinnas

    Turneriprocris dolens

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    (updated 28 October 2014, 3 February 2017)