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Cossid moth

Zyganisus fulvicollis

Description:

About 50mm length.
Face framed by a distinctive collar of white.

Habitat:

Probably attracted to night lights but found in a torpid state in daytime on the edge of a local national park. You can see how torpid in the last pic where I gently turned the moth on its back and it just stayed that way.

Notes:

An uncommon moth with only two records so far on Atlas of Living Australia.
Normally known from northern Tasmania, Victoria and some parts of southern New South Wales.
Adults fly from mid-May to end August.
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9 Comments

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway a year ago

Thanks all !!

pamsai
pamsai a year ago

Congrats Mark... love the collar !

Congratulation Mark, it is a beauty...Would not mind a coat with that design of picture #2......: )

Jim Nelson
Jim Nelson a year ago

Congrats, Mark!

Christine Y.
Christine Y. a year ago

Congratulations Mark, this is fabulous!

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa
DrNamgyalT.Sherpa a year ago

Congrats Mark!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway a year ago

Thanks Neil, Daniel and Lauren. Sorry the pics aren't super good.

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate a year ago

Congratulations Mark! He's a beauty!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong a year ago

Congratulations Mark, this rare sighting had to make it as Spotting of the Day! Great shots too.

#NationalMothWeek takes us Down Under today for a rather special Spotting of the Day! Quite a nice "faux-fur" collar on this cossid moth (Zyganisus fulvicollis), an uncommon moth known from northern Tasmania, Victoria and parts of southern New South Wales, and with only two records so far on Atlas of Living Australia. The family Cossidae contains over 110 genera with almost 700 known species, with more species yet to be described.

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Neil Ross
Neil Ross a year ago

Great spotting, Mark. Quite a rare one too. Excellent pics.

Mark Ridgway
Spotted by
Mark Ridgway

Victoria, Australia

Lat: -37.89, Long: 145.31

Spotted on Jun 3, 2018
Submitted on Jul 26, 2018

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