Omphaliodes obscura (Walker, 1855)
Secretive Anthelid
(one synonym: Aprosita ulothrix Turner, 1914)
ANTHELINAE ,   ANTHELIDAE ,   BOMBYCOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Omphaliodes obscura
(Photo: courtesy of Lorraine Jenkins, Port Lincoln Junior Primary School, South Australia)

This Caterpillar is dark brown and hairy, with pale patches on the back of all the abdominal segments. The caterpillar has been found feeding on :

  • Coast Golden Wattle ( Acacia leiophylla, MIMOSACEAE ).

    Omphaliodes obscura
    (Photo: courtesy of Lorraine Jenkins, Port Lincoln Junior Primary School, South Australia)

    It pupates in a papery cocoon in the leaves of a foodplant.

    Omphaliodes obscura
    live males
    (Photo: courtesy of Lorraine Jenkins, Port Lincoln Junior Primary School, South Australia)

    The male adult moths of this species are basically colored grey. The forewings each have two zig-zag dark lines across them, and the hindwings each have one. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

    Omphaliodes obscura
    pinned male
    (Photo: courtesy of Lorraine Jenkins, Port Lincoln Junior Primary School, South Australia)

    The species is found over much of Australia, including

  • Western Australia,
  • Northern Territory,
  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Victoria, and
  • South Australia.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 40.4, p. 396.

    Peter Marriott,
    Moths of Victoria - Part 1,
    Silk Moths and Allies - BOMBYCOIDEA
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2008, pp. 16-17, 22-23.

    Francis Walker,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 6 (1855), p. 1481, No. 3.


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    (updated 26 April 2013, updated 21 November 2016)