(one synonym : Dicreagra ochrocephala Felder, 1874)
ANTHELINAE , ANTHELIDAE , BOMBYCOIDEA
Mike & Pat Coupar
This Caterpillar starts life as one of a row of buff eggs laid by its mother along the edge of a leaf or stem of its foodplant.
The Caterpillar is a slender, grey and yellow, and hairy, with two tufts of black hair behind the head, and a similar single tuft on the tail. Its head capsule is brown.
It feeds on a variety of:
It grows to a length of 5 cms.
It pupates in a cocoon under bark or in a crevice.
The adult males and females are very different. The female is larger with dark grey and white wings and an abdomen striped in white and grey, and has a wingspan up to 4 cm. The male has a wingspan up to 3 cm, and has orange, brown and cream wings.
(Photo: courtesy of Mark Fergus, Olinda, Victoria)
(Photo: courtesy of Jeff Keyes, Sportsman Creek Wildlife Refuge, New South Wales)
The species can be found along the east coast of Australia, including
Further reading :
Butterflies and Moths,
Collins Eyewitness Handbooks, Sydney 1992, p. 213.
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, pls. 14.4, 14.7, p. 396.
Pat and Mike Coupar,
New South Wales University Press, Sydney 1992, p. 30.
Issue 50 (September 2008), pp 27-31,
Butterflies and Other Invertebrates Club.
Moths of Victoria - Part 1,
Silk Moths and Allies - BOMBYCOIDEA,
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2008, pp. 16-19.
Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
Part 5 (1855), pp. 1128-1129, No. 3.
(updated 6 August 2012, 3 February 2014)