Anthela postica (Walker, 1855)
Postica Anthelid
(one synonym : Anthela callicesta Turner, 1924)
ANTHELINAE,   ANTHELIDAE,   BOMBYCOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@yahoo.com)
and
Stella Crossley

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

These Caterpillars have been raised successfully in captivity, being fed on

  • Bark Wattle ( Acacia decurrens, MIMOSACEAE ).

    The adult moths of this species are brown with various dark zigzag lines across each wing. Each forewing has two areoles. The male moths have a wing span of about 4 cms. The female moths have a wing span of about 6 cms.

    Anthela postica
    Female
    (Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

    The species is found in

  • New South Wales, and
  • Victoria.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 13.3, p. 395.

    Peter Marriott,
    Moths of Victoria - Part 1,
    Silk Moths and Allies - BOMBYCOIDEA
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2008, pp. 18-19.

    Francis Walker,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 4 (1855), p. 899, No. 20.

    Paul Zborowski and Ted Edwards,
    A Guide to Australian Moths,
    CSIRO Publishing, 2007, p. 156.


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    (updated 24 April 2013, 24 July 2019)