(one synonym : Darala fervens Walker, 1855)
ANTHELINAE , ANTHELIDAE , BOMBYCOIDEA
Miguel de Salas & Stella Crossley
(Photo: courtesy of S. Williams, Moths of Victoria - Part 1)
The Caterpillars of this species are black and hairy. Early instars have grey hairs on most of the body, and brown hairs with two white hair pencils on the thorax. The grey hairs become black in later instars. The caterpillars are thought to feed on:
but have been reared successfully on:
The caterpillar pupates in a tight silk cocoon through which it pokes its hairs.
The adult moths of are brown with a dark line parallel to the margin on each wing, and two pale spots on each forewing. The males are unusual in that they commonly fly in the daytime. The male moths have a wingspan of about 5 cms. The female moths have a wingspan of about 7 cms.
The species occurs in
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, p. 393.
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 4 (1855), pp. 898-899.
(updated 23 April 2013, 6 July 2014, 10 March 2015)