(one synonym: Darala haemoptera Lower, 1893)
ANTHELINAE, ANTHELIDAE, BOMBYCOIDEA
(Photo : courtesy of Lorraine Jenkins, Port Lincoln, South Australia)
The Caterpillars of this species are dark brown with rows of yellow spots and tufts of white hair. The caterpillars have been found feeding on broad-leaved Wattles ( MIMOSACEAE ), such as :
The adult moths are dark reddish brown, with obscure submarginal bands in alternating shades, and two small white spots on each forewing.
The males have a wingspan of about 4 cms. The females have a wingspan of about 6 cms.
The species has only been found in
Zoologischer Theil: Lepidoptera,
Reise der Osterreichischen Fregatte Novara,
Band 2, Abtheilung 2 (1875), p. 3, and also Plate 98, fig. 9.
Peter B. McQuillan, Jan A. Forrest, David Keane, & Roger Grund,
Caterpillars, moths, and their plants of Southern Australia,
Butterfly Conservation South Australia Inc., Adelaide (2019), p. 96.
Moths of Victoria - Part 1,
Silk Moths and Allies - BOMBYCOIDEA,
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2008, pp. 18-19.
(updated 24 April 2013, 11 May 2017, 24 July 2019)