(formerly known as Darala rubescens)
ANTHELINAE, ANTHELIDAE, BOMBYCOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Ken Harris, Moths of Victoria: Part 1)
These caterpillars are black with pale brown sides, a lot of black bristles along the back, and four or five round red-edged white warts on the side of each segment.
The caterpillars pupate in a long tapering silk cocoon.
The pupa is brown and tubby.
The male adult moths of this species are rusty red, with off-white antennae. The wings each have a submarginal arc of dark spots. The forewing tips are rounded. The wingspan is about 4 cms.
The females are flightless, and dark brown.
The species has been found in
The status of this species and the distinctions between this and other Pterolocera species are unclear. It may also be a complex of several species.
Further reading :
Moths of Victoria - Part 1,
Silk Moths and Allies - BOMBYCOIDEA,
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2008, pp. 22-23.
Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
Part 31, Supplement 1 (1865), pp. 370-371.
(written 24 October 2016, updated 12 July 2023)