Anthela repleta (Walker, 1855)
Replete Anthelid
(one synonym : Ommatoptera diophthalma Herrich-Schäffer, [1856])
ANTHELINAE ,   ANTHELIDAE ,   BOMBYCOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Anthela repleta
(Photo: courtesy of Lorraine Jenkins, Port Lincoln Junior Primary School, South Australia)

These Caterpillars are a hairy dark brown with rows of white spots. Behind the head, there are a pair of black hair pencils sticking up. The caterpillars may be found feeding on various species of Wattles ( MIMOSACEAE ), including :

  • Black Wattle ( Acacia mearnsii ),
  • Blackwood, ( Acacia melanoxylon ),
  • Gossamer Wattle ( Acacia floribunda ), and
  • Two-Veined Hickory ( Acacia binervata ).

    Anthela repleta
    (Photo: courtesy of Lorraine Jenkins, Port Lincoln Junior Primary School, South Australia)

    The caterpillar pupates in a brown cocoon constructed amongst nearby vegetation.

    Anthela repleta
    male
    (Specimen: courtesy of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)

    The adult moths of this species are brown or rust colored, with a narrow dark lineparallel to the margin on each wing, and two darker spots on each forewing. The moths have a wingspan of about 4 cms.

    Anthela repleta
    Female
    (Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Moths of Victoria: Part 1)

    The species is found in

  • New South Wales,
  • Victoria,
  • Tasmania, and
  • South Australia.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 39.16, pl. 28.4, p. 394.

    Peter Marriott,
    Moths of Victoria - Part 1,
    Silk Moths and Allies - BOMBYCOIDEA
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2008, pp. 16-19.

    Francis Walker,
    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.


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    (updated 23 March 2011)