Pterolocera leucocera (Turner, 1921)
(previously known as : Anthela leucocera)
ANTHELINAE ,   ANTHELIDAE ,   BOMBYCOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Pterolocera leucocera
(Photo: courtesy of Ken Harris, Victoria)

These caterpillars probably feed on

  • Grass ( POACEAE ).

    The caterpillars pupate in the soil inside a silk cocoon.

    Pterolocera leucocera
    male
    (Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Blackheath, New South Wales)

    The male adult moths of this species have fully developed wings and can fly. Their wings are a uniform pale brown colour. The wingspan of the males is about 5 cms. The females cannot fly as they only have vestigial wings.

    The species occurs in

  • New South Wales,
  • Victoria, and
  • Tasmania.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 40.6, p. 396.

    Peter Marriott,
    Moths of Victoria - Part 1,
    Silk Moths and Allies - BOMBYCOIDEA
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2008, pp. 22-23.

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    New Genera and Species of Lepidoptera belonging to the Family Noctuidae,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 46, No.2 (1921), p. 170, No. 7.


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    (updated 26 April 2013, 27 January 2016)