Anthela habroptila Turner, 1921
ANTHELINAE,   ANTHELIDAE,   BOMBYCOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Anthela habroptila
male
(Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

The adult moths of this species are basically buff colored. In the male: all four wings each have a brown spot and two cross-linked subterminal curved lines, and have dark basal areas. The males have feathery antennae, and have a wingspan of about 4.5 cms.

Anthela habroptila
female
(Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

The females are similar but with fainter markings, with comma-shaped spots, and a fatter abdomen. The females have thread-like antennae, and have a wingspan of about 5.5 cms.

The species is found in:

  • Western Australia, and
  • Northern Territory.


    Further reading :

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    Revision of Australian Lepidoptera Hypsidae, Anthelidae,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 46 (1921), p. 173, No. 15.


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    (written 3 January 2019)