Chenuala heliaspis (Meyrick, 1891)
Rose Anthelid
(previously known as Ocneria heliaspis)
ANTHELINAE,   ANTHELIDAE,   BOMBYCOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Chenuala heliaspis

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.

Chenuala heliaspis
(Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory)

It feeds on the foliage of various trees, such as:

  • Gum Trees ( Eucalyptus, MYRTACEAE ),
  • Wattle ( Acacia, MIMOSACEAE ), and
  • Pine ( Pinus, PINACEAE ).

    It grows to a length of 5 cms, and pupates in a cocoon in the foodplant foliage.

    Chenuala heliaspis
    Male
    (Specimen: courtesy of the The Australian Museum)

    The adult moths are dimorphic. The male is brown with deep orange hindwings, and has a wingspan of about 6 cms.

    Chenuala heliaspis
    Female
    (Specimen: courtesy of the The Australian Museum)

    The female is paler and has a wingspan of about 7 cms.

    The species is found in:

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Australian Capital Territory, and
  • Victoria.

    Chenuala heliaspis
    Male, drawing by R. P. Gustaaf Hulstaert,

    Lepidoptera Heterocera. Fam. Anthelidae,
    Genera Insectorum, Volume 191 (1928), Plate 1, Fig. 2,
    image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Gerstein Library, University of Toronto.


    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,
    Flying Colours,
    New South Wales University Press, Sydney 1992, p. 29.

    Peter Hendry,
    The Anthelidae,
    Metamorphosis Australia,
    Issue 50 (September 2008), pp 27-31,
    Butterflies and Other Invertebrates Club.

    R. P. Gustaaf Hulstaert,
    Lepidoptera Heterocera. Fam. Anthelidae,
    Genera Insectorum,
    Volume 191 (1928), p. 9, and also Plate 1, fig 2.

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

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of Australian Lepidoptera,
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume 14 (1891), p. 192.


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    (updated 26 April 2013, 20 October 2017)