Pterolocera insignis (Herrich-Schaffer, 1856)
(formerly known as Ptilophora insignis)
ANTHELINAE,   ANTHELIDAE,   BOMBYCOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


drawing by Gottlieb August Wilhelm Herrich-Schäffer, listed as Ptilophora insignis
,
Sammlung neuer oder wenig bekannter aussereuropäischer Schmetterlinge,
Regensburg : G.J. Manz (1856), Plate 103, fig. 459,
image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Ernst Mayr Library, Harvard University.

The male adult moths of this species are rusty brown, with a dark line across each wing, and with huge feathery antennae.

The status of this species and the distinctions between this and other Pterolocera species are unclear. It may also be a complex of several species.


Further reading :

Gottlieb August Wilhelm Herrich-Schäffer,
Sammlung neuer oder wenig bekannter aussereuropäischer Schmetterlinge,
(Collection of new or little-known non-European Butterflies),
Regensburg : G.J. Manz (1856), Series I, Volume 1, Part 3 (1856), p. 83, No. 459, and also Plate 103, fig. 439.


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(written 17 August 2015, updated 11 May 2019)