Anthela oressarcha Turner, 1921
Alpine Anthelid
ANTHELINAE ,   ANTHELIDAE ,   BOMBYCOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Anthela oressarcha
Male
(Specimen: courtesy of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)

These are alpine caterpillars, being found only in the Kosciusko National Park in Australia. For food, they accepted:

  • various Grasses ( POACEAE ).

    Anthela oressarcha
    Female
    (Specimen: courtesy of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)

    The adult moths are fawn with patterns of dark markings. The male is the smaller, having a wingspan of about 6 cms. The female has a span of about 7 cms.

    The species comes from the mountain areas of

  • southern New South Wales.

    The adults are superficially similar to those of Anthela basigera, Anthela denticulata, and Anthela euryphrica, but the four species occur in four different areas of the country:

  • Anthela denticulata occurs in southern Victoria,
  • Anthela basigera is found in South Australia.
  • Anthela euryphrica comes from central New South Wales.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common, Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 13.6, p. 395.

    Peter Marriott,
    Moths of Victoria - Part 1,
    Silk Moths and Allies - BOMBYCOIDEA
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2008, pp. 20-21.

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    Revision of Australian Lepidoptera Hypsidae, Anthelidae,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 46 (1921), pp. 177-178, No. 25.


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    (updated 24 February 2009, 24 April 2013)