Anthela addita (Walker, 1865)
Reddish Anthelid
(one synonym : Colussa vinosa Rosenstock, 1885)
ANTHELINAE ,   ANTHELIDAE ,   BOMBYCOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Anthela addita
female
(Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Moths of Victoria - Part 1)

The adult moth of this species is basically reddish brown, with a submarginal arc of dots on each wing. The moths have two white-centred dark spots on each wing. The wingspan is about 3 cms.

Anthela addita
male
(Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Moths of Victoria - Part 1)

The eggs are white, and laid in an irregular array of about 100 at a time.

The moths are difficult to distinguish from those of Anthela ferruginosa without examination of the genitalia, but depending on the sex, differ slightly in having a more oblong inner spot on the forewing, a more pointed wingtip to the forewing, and a more rounded wingtip to the hindwing.

The species occurs in

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Victoria, and
  • Tasmania.


    Further reading:

    Peter Marriott,
    Moths of Victoria - Part 1,
    Silk Moths and Allies - BOMBYCOIDEA
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2008, pp. 18-19.

    Francis Walker,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 32, Supplement part 2 (1865), p. 372.


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    (updated 24 February 2009)