(one synonym: Opsirhina tintinarra Tepper, 1890)
ANTHELINAE, ANTHELIDAE, BOMBYCOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Jacqueline Hill, Bellbowrie, Queensland)
This is a brown Caterpillar with white tussocks of hair and two rows of pale yellow dots along its back. There are also a pair a black hair pencils on the thorax.
The caterpillar has been found feeding on :
The caterpillar grows to a length of 5 cms. The caterpillar normally pupates between the leaves of the foodplant in a voluminous off-white cocoon.
The adult moths vary from yellowish to reddish brown, with a dark line extending across each wing, often demarking a dark marginal area, and sometimes having black zigzag lines across each wing. The female has a wingspan of about 7 cms. The male has a wingspan of about 5 cms.
This species is widespread across central Australia, including
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, p. 395.
Moths of Victoria - Part 1,
Silk Moths and Allies - BOMBYCOIDEA,
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2008, pp. 22-23.
Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
Part 4 (1855), p. 901.
(updated 23 April 2013)