Western Toothed Anthelid
(one synonym: Darala undulata Felder & Rogenhofer, 1875)
ANTHELINAE, ANTHELIDAE, BOMBYCOIDEA
(Photo: copyright of Brett and Marie Smith, at Ellura Sanctuary, South Australia)
These Caterpillars are black, with white verrucae, pairs of blue spots along the back, and reddish spots along the sides. The caterpillar is very hairy, with white, black and red hairs. When disturbed, the caterpillars are inclined to curl their head under the thorax, so displaying white bands between the segments behind the head.
The caterpillars 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 adults of Anthela basigera are superficially similar to those of Anthela denticulata, Anthela euryphrica, and Anthela oressarcha, 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.
Peter B. McQuillan, Jan A. Forrest, David Keane, & Roger Grund,
Caterpillars, moths, and their plants of Southern Australia,
Butterfly Conservation South Australia Inc., Adelaide (2019), p. 94.
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, 13 September 2017)