Anthela astata Turner, 1926
ANTHELINAE,   ANTHELIDAE,   BOMBYCOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Anthela astata
early instars
(Photo: courtesy of Dick Whitford, Mt Molloy, Queensland)

The caterpillers of this species are hairy. Early instars are yellow with a black head, an off-white collar, and a broad black line along the back. The caterpillars accept young leaves of

  • Gum Trees ( Eucalyptus species, MYRTACEAE ).

    Anthela astata
    (Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda, Queensland)

    The adult moth of this species is variable. It is usually pale brown with a number of darker spots, and a line across each wing from the middle of the hind-margin to near the wingtip, where it bends briefly by a right-angle.

    Anthela astata
    Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, from
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art

    The males have a wingspan of about 7 cms. The females have a wingspan of about 9 cms.

    Anthela astata
    eggs
    (Photo: courtesy of Dick Whitford, Mt Molloy, Queensland)

    The eggs are pale brown and ellipsoidal. They are laid in an untidy array on any surface on which thay happen to alight.

    The species occurs in

  • Queensland.

    Anthela astata
    underside
    (Photo: courtesy of Dick Whitford & Dominic Funnell, Julatten, Queensland)


    Further reading :

    Buck Richardson,
    Mothology,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2008, p. 12.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, pp. 9-10.

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    Revision of Australian Lepidoptera: Drepanidae, Limacodidae, Zygaenidae,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 51 (1926), pp. 411-412.


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    (updated 23 July 2013, 13 January 2019)