(one synonym is Darala complens Swinhoe, 1892) ANTHELINAE, ANTHELIDAE, BOMBYCOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Geoff Byrne, Roy Hill Station, Western Australia)
These Caterpillars are pale brown with tufts of white hair along the body, and a pair of black hair pencils from behind the thorax.
The caterpillars fed on the leaves of
The caterpillars pupated in an off-white silk cocoon spun between leaves of the foodplant.
The adult moths of this species vary from yellow to pale brown. The forewings of the males each have two black spots, and a variable black serrated subterminal line.
Some specimens also have a similar shadowy line around the base. The hindwings have similar lines. The males have feathery antennae and a wingspan of about 6 cms.
The females have paler wings with fainter patterns, a fatter abdomen, thread-like antennae, and are larger, with a wingspan of about 7 cms.
The species is found in:
Further reading :
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.
List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
Part 4 (1855), p. 901, No. 23.
(written 4 January 2019, updated 20 April 2019)