ANTHELINAE, ANTHELIDAE, BOMBYCOIDEA
(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:
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 adults of Anthela oressarcha 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:
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 13.6, p. 395.
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.
(updated 24 February 2009, 24 April 2013)