ANTHELINAE, ANTHELIDAE, BOMBYCOIDEA
(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.
Later instars develop a white V-shaped face, rusty-red hairs on the thorax, two white spots and a pair of white hair pencils on the first abdominal segemnt, pairs of red verrucae along the back, and long black tufts on the last two segments.
The caterpillars accept young leaves of
The caterpillars grow to a length up to 6 cms.
Pupation occurs among leaves in a pale multiple layer papery cocoon.
The adult male moths of this species are variable. They are usually pale brown, but with a variable number of darker spots, but always with a dark line across each wing, from the middle of the hind-margin to near the wingtip. On each forewing it bends briefly by a right-angle at the costa. The males have a wingspan of about 7 cms.
The female moths have pale brown wings, each with a prominent dark straight submarginal line, and a fainter zigzag line curving across the middle of each wing. The forewings have hooked wing-tips. The females have a wingspan of about 9 cms.
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
Further reading :
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2008, p. 12.
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.
(updated 23 July 2013, 22 July 2019)