(erroneously known as Odonestis elisabetha)
ANTHELINAE, ANTHELIDAE, BOMBYCOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)
The Caterpillars of this species feed on Australian native species of
The caterpillars pupate in the soil inside a tough 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 eggs are laid in clusters on the ground.
The species has been found in
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, 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. 97.
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.
(updated 21 August 2004, 16 April 2018, 12 October 2019)