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Satin-Green Forester

Pollanisus viridipulverulenta


warm afternoon, just managed to grab a couple of shots before it flew off


open eucalypt forest


The Satin-Green Forester (Pollanisus viridipulverulenta) is a moth of the Zygaenidae family. It is found in the eastern part of Australia (Queensland, New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania). The length of the forewings is 11–13 mm for males and 8–9 mm for females. The wingspan is about 30 mm. Adults are metallic blue-green. Adults are on wing from August and early September (in Queensland and South Australia) to January (in Tasmania). The larvae feed on various Hibbertia species, including Hibbertia obtusifolia, Hibbertia stricta and Hibbertia sericea. It pupates in a cocoon amongst the foliage or in the ground litter at the foot of the host plant. Adult moths are day-flying, and can be found feeding during the hottest hours of the day. Mating takes place in the afternoon and lasts until the following morning, and following this the female lays eggs on the host plant. (from wikipedia)

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5152, South Australia, Australia

Spotted on Oct 8, 2011
Submitted on Oct 8, 2011

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