ANTHELIDAE of Australia
Australian Woolly Bears
BOMBYCOIDEA
  
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Ken Fairey & Stella Crossley

ANTHELIDAE

eggs
  
ANTHELIDAE

caterpillars
  
ANTHELIDAE

pupae
  
ANTHELIDAE

moths
  
ANTHELIDAE

undersides

The ANTHELIDAE are only found in Australia and New Guinea. The Caterpillars appear to have large heads with large eyes. They are very hairy, with the hairs arising from rows of raised verrucae along the back. The hairs can often cause skin irritation ( urticaria) in sensitive people.

The 74 named Australian species of ANTHELIDAE are:

Anthela achromata
Anthela acuta : Common Anthelid
Anthela addita : Reddish Anthelid
Anthela adriana
Anthela allocota : Enigmatic Anthelid
Anthela ariprepes : Four Spot Anthelid
Anthela asciscens
Anthela astata
Anthela asterias
Anthela barnardi
Anthela basigera : Western Toothed Anthelid
Anthela callileuca
Anthela callispila
Anthela callixantha
Anthela canescens : Western Anthelid

  • Anthela cinerascens
    Anthela clementi
    Anthela cnecias : Montane Anthelid
    Anthela connexa : Day-Flying Anthelid
    Anthela decolor
    Anthela deficiens
    Anthela denticulata : Toothed Anthelid
    Anthela directa
    Anthela euryphrica
    Anthela excellens : Grey-Headed Anthelid
    Anthela exoleta
    Anthela ferruginosa : Rusty Anthelid
    Anthela guenei : Four-Spot Anthelid
  • Anthela habroptila
  • Anthela heliopa
  • Anthela hyperythra
  • Anthela inornata
    Anthela limonea
  • Anthela linearis
  • Anthela maculosa
    Anthela neurospasta
    Anthela nicothoe : Urticating Anthelid
    Anthela ocellata : Eyespot Anthelid
    Anthela ochroptera : Ochre Anthelid
    Anthela oressarcha : Alpine Anthelid
  • Anthela ostra
    Anthela phaeodesma
    Anthela phoenicias
    Anthela postica : Postica Anthelid
    Anthela protocentra : Rounded Anthelid
  • Anthela pudica
    Anthela pyrrhobaphes
  • Anthela reltoni
    Anthela repleta : Replete Anthelid
    Anthela rubeola : Ruby Anthelid
  • Anthela rubicunda
  • Anthela rubriscripta
  • Anthela stygiana
  • Anthela subfalcata
    Anthela tetraphrica
  • Anthela trisecta
  • Anthela unisigna
    Anthela varia : Hairy Mary
  • Anthela virescens
    Anthela xantharcha : Orange Tailed Anthelid
  • Anthela xanthocera

    Chelepteryx chalepteryx : White-Stemmed Wattle Moth
    Chelepteryx collesi : Batwing or White-Stemmed Gum Moth

    Chenuala heliaspis : Rose Anthelid
    Chenuala mariannae

    Gephyroneura cosmia

  • Munychryia periclyta
    Munychryia senicula : Grey Anthelid

  • Nataxa amblopis
    Nataxa flavescens : Nataxa Moth

    Omphaliodes obscura : Secretive Anthelid

    Pterolocera amplicornis
    Pterolocera elizabetha

  • Pterolocera ferruginea
  • Pterolocera ferrugineofusca
    Pterolocera insignis
    Pterolocera isogama
    Pterolocera leucocera
    Pterolocera rubescens


    Further reading:

    Peter Hendry,
    Notes on separating the species,
    The history of the Australian Anthelidae,
    Metamorphosis Australia,
    Issue 78 (September 2015), pp. 18-31,
    Butterflies and Other Invertebrates Club.


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    (updated 31 May 2014, 25 November 2018)