ANTHELINAE, ANTHELIDAE, BOMBYCOIDEA
Ken Fairey & Stella Crossley
(Photo: copyright Dave Britton)
The Caterpillars of this speciesare brown and hairy with blue or red spots. The caterpillars feed on various species of grass (POACEAE), including
and unfortunately :
The caterpillars pupate in a cocoon under the soil at a depth of about 3 cms.
The adult moths are dark brown, with two white spots and a number of broad white subterminal bands on each forewing. The male moths have a wingspan of about 4 cms. The female moths have a wingspan of about 5 cms.
The adults of Anthela euryphrica are superficially similar to those of Anthela basigera, Anthela denticulata, Anthela oressarcha, and 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, fig. 39.17, p. 396.
A. Jefferis Turner,
New Australian Lepidoptera,
Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland,
Volume 47 (1936), pp. 46-47.
(updated 24 April 2013, 23 May 2017)