Mainland Forester
Female: Ventral
Ellura
Wasp Mimicking Forester
Male, profile
 
    
Wasp Mimicking Forester (Myrtartona rufiventris)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Butterflies & Moths (Lepidoptera)
Family: Forester Moth (:Zygaenoidea Zygaenidae)
Species: Wasp Mimicking Forester (Myrtartona rufiventris)
This Photo:     Male, dorsal

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
SPECIAL: These are the 1st ever female photo's of this species on-line, as well as the 1st ventral photo's of this species on-line.
The top of the body is orange, which is very visible in flight. This, plus the long visible antennae, make them look very much like a wasp to the naked eye.
Black/brown matt wings (unlike it's cousin the Green Forester) with white flecks (and can have a white spot on each wing, but we haven't seen this).
They are white underneath, with the male having black stripes and the female having black & brown patches.
They love our M. lanceolata bushes. Apparantly the caterpillers eat them, so the adults are attracted to them at mating time (December in our area).
A quick note: These specimens are alive, just cold from being put in the fridge to calm down, and were released and flew away within the hour.

Copyright © 2016- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 20-Dec-2016
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.