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The Goat Moths (Lepidoptera: Cossidae) of Papua Indonesia

by Rob de Vos


Zeuzera coffeae Nietner, 1861


oblita Swinhoe, 1890
reticulata Joicey & Talbot, 1916
buergersi Gaede, 1933


Females are much larger and relatively rare compared to the small and very abundant males. The dark speckles on the wings are in females metallic greenish rather than the metallic blue or black speckles in the males. This species can be easily distinguished from the similar Zeuzera conferta Walker, 1856 by the legs being almost unicoloured blackish in coffeae and alternately black and brown banded in conferta.









STATUS: One of the most common Zeuzera species which occassionally is a pest in coffee plantages, but also in tea, cotton, cocoa, kapok, coca and teak. In lowland as well as mountainous areas.

PAPUA LOCALITIES: Batanta Island; Biak Island; Roon Island: Yende; New Guinea: Abmisibil, Araucaria Camp, Bernhard Camp, Bivak 40 (Star Mts.), Borme, Demaisi, Dotir (Wandammen), Enarotali, Fyria River (Buruway), Idenburg River (Archbold Expedition), Jiwika, Kouh (Merauke District), Mabilabol, Modio, Mokwam, Pass Valley, Rattan Camp, Sentani, Sota (Merauke), Tekai (Keerom District), Teminaboean, Timeepa, Ubrub, Uskwar, Walmak, Warkapi. Details in gazetteer.

EXTERNAL DISTRIBUTION: Pakistan, India, Taiwan, Oriental region, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea.

DATA SOURCES: KSP, RMNH, ZMAN. Literature (see below).








Schoorl, J.W., 1990. A phylogenetic study on Cossidae (Lepidoptera: Ditrysia) based on external adult morphology. Zoölogische Verhandelingen 263: 1-295.