Moths
Day Moths 
 
COSSIDAE
Wattle Goat Moth
 
TORTRICIDAE
Dog-faced Bell Moth
Mottled Bell Moth
Hopper-mimicking Moth
Golden Brown Leafroller
Leafroller Caterpillars
 
CASTNIIDAE
Sun Moths
 
CHOREUTIDAE
Golden Metalmark Moth
Metallica Moth 
 
ZYGAENIDAE
Forester Moths
LIMACODIDAE
Wattle Cup Caterpillar
Mottled Cup Moth
Black Slug Cup Moth
Four-spotted Cup Moth  
Green Slug Caterpillar  
Fern Cup Moth  
 
Unknown in this Group
 

                                               

Forester Moths - Family Zygaenidae

Order Lepidoptera 

This page contains pictures and information about Forester Moths - Family Zygaenidae that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
 
 
The moths in this family are from small to medium in size. They are usually in  metallic blue, green or black colours. They have thickened antenna. They are active during the day.
 
Caterpillars are short and board in body shape with head retracted into prothorax. The body is covered with short dense hairs. They feed at night on leaves or flower buds.  
 

 
Forester Moth
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Pollanisus sp., body length 20mm 
Pictures taken in Karawatha Forest on Sep 2006. 
 
 

Reference:
1. Moths of Australia - I. F. B. Common, Melbourne University Press, 1990, p294.
2. Flying Colours, Common Caterpillars, Butterflies and Moths of South-Eastern Australia - Pat & Mike Coupar,1992, p91.
3. ZYGAENIDAE of Australia - by Don Herbison-Evans & Stella Crossley, 2009. 
4. Northern Territory Insects, A Comprehensive Guide CD - Graham Brown, 2009.

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