Wasp Mimicking Forester
Male, dorsal, ~11mm
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)|
|Order:||Butterflies & Moths (Lepidoptera)|
|Family:||Forester Moth (:Zygaenoidea Zygaenidae)|
|Species:||Satin-green Forester (Pollanisus sp)|
|This Photo:||Male, dorsal, natural colour|
EXTRA - Photo Specific Information:
Notice how the male antennae filaments are barely visible here
General Species Information:
Found in the Adelaide Hills and possibly elsewhere
An incredibly shiny, metallic moth. Almost every surface is reflective, with a base colour of green, but depending on lighting and reflection/refraction can look any array of colours; from black, blue through green & copper.
The hindwing is a non-metallic plain brown.
There are only 2 specimens here, a male & a female highlighting the colour variations.
The female does have a non metalic, golden tuft on the tip of her abdomen.
It's very hard to differentiate the male & female from the antennae. While they are dramatically different the male tends to hold the filaments close to the core making them look very similar most of the time. Where as the gold tip on the female can be readily seen from side angles.
There are two species in this genus that can be easily confused; P. apicalis, which is generally smaller, & P. viridipulverulenta. Peter Marriott said that size is not a good separator of species indicating there are some very small P. viridipulverulenta. He said "Comparing the set specimens of apicalis and viridipulverulenta the wing shape is significant. P. apicalis has narrower wings in comparison to P. viridipulverulenta."
As Peter also said, camera angle, etc, can make this difficult to distinguish. Note that the male shown here is a single specimen; showing a variety of apparantly different wing shapes & colours.
Having looked at the specimens on Bold we don't have a good enough eye to differentiate, so have lifted our id to genus.