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 intermixta
  • 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 inconcinna

    Turneriprocris dolens

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    (updated 28 October 2014, 25 December 2018)