Anthela canescens (Walker, 1855)
Western Anthelid
(one synonym: Opsirhina tintinarra Tepper, 1890)
ANTHELINAE,   ANTHELIDAE,   BOMBYCOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Anthela canescens
(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.

Anthela canescens
(Photo: Don Herbison-Evans, Bundaberg, Queensland)

The caterpillar has been found feeding on :

  • Cadaghi ( Corymbia torelliana, MYRTACEAE ).

    Anthela canescens
    (Photo: Don Herbison-Evans, Bundaberg, Queensland)

    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.

    Anthela canescens
    female (incompletely expanded)
    (Specimen: courtesy of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)

    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.

    Anthela canescens
    male
    (Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Moths of Victoria - Part 1)

    This species is widespread across central Australia, including

  • Northern Territory,
  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Victoria,
  • South Australia, and
  • the south of Western Australia.

    Anthela canescens
    female, underside with eggs
    (Photo: courtesy of Evan Harris, Ipswich, Queensland)


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, p. 395.

    Peter Marriott,
    Moths of Victoria - Part 1,
    Silk Moths and Allies - BOMBYCOIDEA
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2008, pp. 22-23.

    Francis Walker,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 4 (1855), p. 901.


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    (updated 23 April 2013)