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


(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

  • Grasses ( POACEAE, and
  • Sedges ( CYPERACEAE.

    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

  • Victoria, and
  • Western Australia.


    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.

    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, 12 October 2019)