Anthela ariprepes Turner, 1921
Four Spot Anthelid
ANTHELINAE ,   ANTHELIDAE ,   BOMBYCOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Peter Marriott & Stella Crossley

(Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

The Caterpillars of this species feed on :

  • Wattles ( Acacia species, MIMOSACEAE ).

    The caterpillars pupate in a voluminous brown cocoon.

    The adult moth is basically grey. Each wing has several submarginal wiggly lines the outermost being white, and the other dark. Each forewing has two white spots. The hindwings have a large yellow basal area. The wingspan is about 6 cms.

    The species occurs in

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Victoria, and
  • Western Australia.


    Further reading:

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 13.11, p. 395.

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

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    Revision of Australian Lepidoptera Hypsidae, Anthelidae,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 46 (1921), p. 179, No. 28.

    Paul Zborowski and Ted Edwards,
    A Guide to Australian Moths,
    CSIRO Publishing, 2007, p. 156.


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    (updated 13 April 2011, 21 February 2017)