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

Anthela repleta
(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.

Anthela repleta
(Photo: courtesy of Steven Dodge, Nowra, New South Wales)

Behind the head, there are often a pair of black hair pencils sticking up, or some long black hairs hanging over the head.

Anthela repleta
caterpillar wth a red parasite on it's tail
(Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Moths of Victoria: Part 1)

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 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.

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

    The species is found in

  • New South Wales,
  • Australian Capital Territory,
  • Victoria,
  • Tasmania, and
  • South Australia.

    Anthela repleta
    underside
    (Photo: courtesy of Steven Dodge, Nowra, New South Wales)


    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, 16 April 2018, 14 September 2019, 18 May 2020)