Western Toothed Anthelid
(one synonym: Darala undulata Felder & Rogenhofer, 1875)
ANTHELINAE , ANTHELIDAE , BOMBYCOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Lorraine Jenkins, Port Lincoln Junior Primary School, South Australia)
These Caterpillars are red, white and black, and hairy. They feed on :
The adult moths of this species are brown with a series of pale wavy bands parallel to the margin on each wing, and two pale spots on each forewing. The moths have a wingspan of about 4 cms.
The species Anthela basigera is found in
The adults are superficially similar to those of Anthela denticulata, Anthela oressarcha, and Anthela euryphrica, but the four species occur in four different areas of the country:
Further reading :
Rudolf Felder & Alois F. Rogenhofer,
Zoologischer Theil: Lepidoptera,
Reise der Osterreichischen Fregatte Novara,
Band 2, Abtheilung 2 (5) (1875), p. 3, and also Plate 98, fig. 11.
Moths of Victoria - Part 1,
Silk Moths and Allies - BOMBYCOIDEA,
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2008, pp. 20-21.
Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
Part 32 (1865), p. 372.
(updated 23 April 2013, 11 May 2017)