(one synonym: Aprosita ulothrix Turner, 1914)
ANTHELINAE , ANTHELIDAE , BOMBYCOIDEA
(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 :
It pupates in a papery cocoon in the leaves of a foodplant.
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.
The species is found over much of Australia, including
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 40.4, p. 396.
Moths of Victoria - Part 1,
Silk Moths and Allies - BOMBYCOIDEA,
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2008, pp. 16-17, 22-23.
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.
(updated 26 April 2013, updated 21 November 2016)