Anthela guenei (Newman, 1856)
Four-Spot Anthelid
(previously known as Teara guenei)
ANTHELINAE ,   ANTHELIDAE ,   BOMBYCOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Peter Marriott & Stella Crossley

Anthela guenei
male
(Photo: courtesy of Michael Jefferies, Stanthorpe, Queensland)

These Caterpillars may be found feeding on various species of Wattles ( MIMOSACEAE ), including :

  • Green Wattle ( Acacia decurrens ), and
  • Silver Wattle ( Acacia dealbata ).

    Anthela guenei
    male
    (Specimen: courtesy of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)

    The adult moths of this species are dark brown, with two white spots on each forewing, and one on each hindwing. The moths have a wingspan of about 4 cms.

    Anthela guenei
    male, underside
    (Photo: courtesy of Michael Jefferies, Stanthorpe, Queensland)

    The species is found in

  • southern Queensland,
  • New South Wales, and
  • Victoria.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 40.3, p. 395.

    Peter Marriott,
    Moths of Victoria - Part 1,
    Silk Moths and Allies - BOMBYCOIDEA
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2008, pp. 20-21.

    Edward Newman,
    Characters of a few Australian Lepidoptera, Collected by Mr. Thomas R. Oxley,
    Transactions of the Entomological Society of London,
    New Series, Volume III, Number 8 (1856), p. 284, No. 2, and also Plate 18, fig. 9.


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    (updated 19 October 2010, 19 May 2014)