(one synonym: Aprosita ulothrix Turner, 1914)
ANTHELINAE, ANTHELIDAE, BOMBYCOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Lorraine Jenkins, Port Lincoln Junior Primary School, South Australia)
This Caterpillar is hairy, and varies from off-white to dark grey, with orange or red patches on the back of all the abdominal segments, and coloured marks on the thorax. The caterpillar has been found feeding on :
The caterpillar 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 dark transverse zig-zag lines, sometimes edged with yellow, and which sometimes touch in the middle. The hindwings each have one dark transverse zigzag line. The wingspan of the male is about 2.5 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.
Peter B. McQuillan, Jan A. Forrest, David Keane, & Roger Grund,
Caterpillars, moths, and their plants of Southern Australia,
Butterfly Conservation South Australia Inc., Adelaide (2019), pp. 4-5, 94.
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, 24 July 2019, 7 September 2020)