Pterolocera elizabetha (White, 1841)
(formerly known as Odonestis elizabetha)
ANTHELINAE,   ANTHELIDAE,   BOMBYCOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

The Caterpillars of this species pupate in the soil inside a silk cocoon.

The male adult moths have fully developed wings and can fly. Their wings are pale to pinkish brown with a submarginal arc of dark dots on each wing. The wingspan is about 4 cms. The females cannot fly as they only have vestigial wings.

The species occurs in the south of

  • Western Australia.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, p. 396.

    Adam White,
    in George Grey:
    Notes on some insects from King George's Sound, collected and presented to the British Museum by Captain George Grey,
    Journals of Two Expeditions of Discovery in North-west and Western Australia, during the years 1837, 38, and 39,
    Volume 2 (1841), p. 478.


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    (updated 21 August 2004, 16 April 2018)