Anthela limonea (Butler, 1874)
(previously known as Darala limonea)
ANTHELINAE ,   ANTHELIDAE ,   BOMBYCOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Anthela limonea
first instars with egg cases
(Photo: courtesy of Craig Nieminski, Darwin, Northern Territory)

Early instars of this Caterpillar are yellow with black dorsal markings.

Anthela limonea
caterpillar with its recently discarded skin of previous instar
(Photo: courtesy of Craig Nieminski, Darwin, Northern Territory)

Later instars of this species are yellow, with two white hair pencils behind the thorax, and with rows of lateral tufts of white hair, and a few scattered black hairs. The head is yellow with two vertical black marks like eyes.

Anthela limonea
(Photo: courtesy of Craig Nieminski, Darwin, Northern Territory)

The caterpillars have been found feeding on:

  • Billy Goat Plum. ( Terminalia ferdinandiana, COMBRETACEAE ).

    Anthela limonea
    (Photo: courtesy of Craig Nieminski, Darwin, Northern Territory)

    The adult moths are yellow to pale brown, with several with each wing having several dark zigzag transverse lines and one nearly straight pale-edged dark line. The forewings usually have two small black-edged white spots, one of the zigzag lines running between the spots. The wingspan of the male is about 6 cms. The wingspan of the female is about 8 cms.

    Anthela limonea
    (Photo: courtesy of Craig Nieminski, Darwin, Northern Territory)

    The eggs are white with a black spot and are laid in a line along the edge of a leaf

    Anthela limonea
    (Photo: courtesy of Craig Nieminski, Darwin, Northern Territory)

    The species has been found in

  • Northern Territory, and
  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Arthur G. Butler,
    Revision of the genus Spilosoma and the allied groups of the Family Arctiidae,
    Cistula Entomologica,
    Volume 1 (1874), p. 291.


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    (updated 26 April 2013, 14 May 2017)