Tufted Wood Moth
S3: Profile
Ellura
Tufted Wood Moth
S2: Anterior
 
    
Tufted Wood Moth (Archaeoses pentasema)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Butterflies & Moths (Lepidoptera)
Family: Wood Moth (:Cossoidea Cossidae)
Species: Tufted Wood Moth (Archaeoses pentasema)
This Photo:     S4: Profile
Other name: Tufted Goat Moth

Thank you Don Herbison-Evans for helping with the identification of this species

Thank you Peter Marriott 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.
Peter Marriott (who heads up the "Moths of Victoria" team and has helped us in the past), saw this page and kindly told us that they have records of A. pentasema in North Western Victoria. We share a lot of species with North Western Victoria; suddenly it's not such a surprise to have them at Ellura now
Peter also showed us 3 specimens collected there and ours match up beautifully with those
Further Peter let us know they feed on Myoporum, common trees on Ellura.
We found the adults around the 20th of March.

Copyright © 2018 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 22-Mar-2018
This species is an Australian Native Species