Golden Cup Moth
S2: Male, ventral
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)|
|Order:||Butterflies & Moths (Lepidoptera)|
|Family:||Forester Moth (:Zygaenoidea Zygaenidae)|
|Species:||Mainland Forester (Hestiochora continentalis)|
|This Photo:||Female: dorsal|
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
A medium sized, spectacular moth. There are a few in this genera, but the orange head and location suggest H. continentalis; indicating it's restricted to the mainland (not Tasmania). It's a very rare moth with very few records.
The female we found was ~7mm long, wingspan ~20mm.
It has dark brown wings (fore & hind), a blue/black body with cream & white stripes. While the top of the head is orange, along with an orange collar, the face is black.
The wings readily loose scales, making them become transparent with age. This can be seen here on the hind wings. It has smale white tufts above & below the "shoulders" (wing joins).