(one synonym : Colussa vinosa Rosenstock, 1885)
ANTHELINAE , ANTHELIDAE , BOMBYCOIDEA
(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.
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
Moths of Victoria - Part 1,
Silk Moths and Allies - BOMBYCOIDEA,
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2008, pp. 18-19.
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.
(updated 24 February 2009)