Undescribed Wood Moth
S5: Female?, ventral
Tufted Wood Moth
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta) iNaturalist Observation|
|Order:||Butterflies & Moths (Lepidoptera)|
|Family:||Wood Moth (:Cossoidea Cossidae)|
|Species:||Tufted Wood Moth (Archaeoses pentasema)|
|This Photo:||S2: Dorsal|
|Other name:||Tufted Goat Moth|
Thank you Don Herbison-Evans & Peter Marriott for helping with the id of this species for us
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
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 photographed 11 specimens in Feb, March & April.