(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 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 :
The caterpillar pupates in a brown cocoon constructed amongst nearby vegetation.
The adult moths of this species are brown or rust colored, with a narrow dark line parallel to the margin on each wing, and two darker spots on each forewing. 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)