(previously known as Ocneria heliaspis)
ANTHELINAE, ANTHELIDAE, BOMBYCOIDEA
This is a yellow and red hairy Caterpillar with a pair of black hair pencils on its thorax. The hairs on the head and tail are pink.
It feeds on the foliage of various trees, such as:
It grows to a length of 5 cms, and pupates in a cocoon in the foodplant foliage.
The adult moths are dimorphic. The male is brown with deep orange hindwings, and has a wingspan of about 6 cms.
The female is paler and has a wingspan of about 7 cms.
The species is found in:
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig 38.13, pl. 13.9, p. 396.
Pat and Mike Coupar,
New South Wales University Press, Sydney 1992, p. 29.
Issue 50 (September 2008), pp 27-31,
Butterflies and Other Invertebrates Club.
R. P. Gustaaf Hulstaert,
Lepidoptera Heterocera. Fam. Anthelidae,
Volume 191 (1928), p. 9, and also Plate 1, fig 2.
Moths of Victoria - Part 1,
Silk Moths and Allies - BOMBYCOIDEA,
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2008, pp. 20-21.
Descriptions of Australian Lepidoptera,
Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
Volume 14 (1891), p. 192.
(updated 26 April 2013, 20 October 2017)