Anthela inornata (Walker, 1855)
(one synonym is Darala complens Swinhoe, 1892) ANTHELINAE,   ANTHELIDAE,   BOMBYCOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

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

The adult moths of this species are pale brown. The forewings of the males each have two black spots, and a sometimes faint black serrated subterminal line. Some specimens also have a similar line around the base. The hindwings have one serrated subterminal line. The males have feathery antennae and a wingspan of about 6 cms.

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

The females have paler wings with fainter patterns, a fatter abdomen, and thread-like antennae. The females have a wingspan of about 7 cms.

The species is found in:

  • South Australia, and
  • Western Australia.


    Further reading :

    Charles Swinhoe,
    Sphinges and Bombyces,
    Catalogue of Eastern and Australian Lepidoptera Heterocera in the Collection of the Oxford University Museum,
    Clarendon Press, Part 1 (1892), p. 209, No. 981.

    Francis Walker,
    Lepidoptera Heterocera,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 4 (1855), p. 901, No. 23.


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    (written 4 January 2019)