Anthela heliopa (Lower, 1902)
(one synonym is Anthela prionodes Turner, 1932)
ANTHELINAE,   ANTHELIDAE,   BOMBYCOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

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

The adult moths of this species are basically yellow. All four wings each have two brown spots and two subterminal lines. The outer one is attenuated to being just an arc of dots. In females: inner one is serrated, but in males it is straight. The females have a fatter abdomen, and thread-like antennae. The males have feathery antennae. Both sexes have a wingspan of about 4 cms.

The species is found in:

  • Northern Territory, and
  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Oswald B. Lower,
    Descriptions of new genera and species of Australian Lepidoptera,
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume 26 (1902), p. 214.

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    New Australian Lepidoptera,
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume 56 (1932), p. 187.


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    (written 4 January 2019)