(one synonym : Ommatoptera diophthalma Herrich-Schäffer, )
ANTHELINAE, ANTHELIDAE, BOMBYCOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Lorraine Jenkins, Port Lincoln Junior Primary School, South Australia)
These Caterpillars are a hairy brown with rows along each side of the back of white verrucae that have long black hairs, except that the last segment has a pink verrucae.
Behind the head, there are often a pair of black hair pencils sticking up, or some long black hairs hanging over the head.
The caterpillars may be found feeding on various species of Wattles (MIMOSACEAE), including :
The caterpillar pupates in a brown cocoon constructed amongst nearby vegetation.
The adult moths of this species have brown or rust colored wings, each crossed by three narrow dark lines, two of which are curved parallel to the margin on each wing, with the marginal line dotted, and a third rather jagged line near the base. Each forewing has two dark spots or small circles. The moths have a wingspan of about 4 cms.
The species is found in
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 39.16, pl. 28.4, p. 394.
Moths of Victoria - Part 1,
Silk Moths and Allies - BOMBYCOIDEA,
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2008, pp. 16-19.
Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
Part 4 (1855), pp. 896-897, No. 16.
(updated 23 March 2011, 16 April 2018, 14 September 2019, 18 May 2020)