(previously known as Teara denticulata)
ANTHELINAE, ANTHELIDAE, BOMBYCOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Merlin Crossley, Melbourne, Victoria)
This is a hairy Caterpillar with variable coloring. In Melbourne it has been found varying in colour from black and white to black and red.
It has been found feeding on various Grasses ( POACEAE ), including
The caterpillar grows to a length of about 4 cms.
The caterpillar pupates in a buff papery double-walled cocoon at ground level, attached to some salient object.
The adult moths are black with wavy white lines, and two white spots near each anterior margin. The hind wings are white, edged with black. During courtship, the males open and close their wings, exposing the white hind wings in a spectacular display. The wingspan of both sexes is about 5 cms.
The adults of Anthela denticulata are superficially similar to those of Anthela basigera, Anthela euryphrica, and Anthela oressarcha, but the four species occur in four different areas of the country:
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 13.7, p. 396.
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. 16-17, 20-21.
Characters of a few Australian Lepidoptera, Collected by Mr. Thomas R. Oxley,
Transactions of the Entomological Society of London,
New Series, Volume 3, Number 8 (1856), p. 283, No. 1.
(updated 22 December 2013, 26 October 2018)