Tufted Goat Moth
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Ellura
Tufted Goat Moth
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Tufted Goat Moth (Archaeoses pentasema)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Butterflies & Moths (Lepidoptera)
Family: Goat Moth (:Cossoidea Cossidae)
Species: Tufted Goat Moth (Archaeoses pentasema)
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Thank you Don Herbison-Evans for helping with the identification of this species

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee)
A most unusual species, about 20mm long.
While it seemed this was a northern species we have now shown it exists in the south; along with A. polygrapha. We had 4 specimens come to a night light over a couple of days.
I asked Don Herbison-Evans for his thoughts and he agrees it looks more like A. pentasema than A. polygrapha. He then gave me some reading to do from the original descriptions by Lower. It was hard going and to be honest the only diagnostic I felt I could be truly certain of as a reliable difference was the antennae "base beneath sharply white". You can see this on both ventral & anterior photo's. The abdomen is generally darker with this one as well.
Surprisingly the ventral abdomenal black stripe wasn't mentioned anywhere.

Copyright © 2018 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 20-Mar-2018
This species is an Australian Native Species