Pterolocera rubescens (Walker, 1865)
(formerly known as Darala rubescens)
ANTHELINAE,   ANTHELIDAE,   BOMBYCOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(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 of five round red-edged white warts on the side of each segment.


cocoon
(Photo: courtesy of Ken Harris, Moths of Victoria: Part 1)

The caterpillars pupate in a long tapering silk cocoon.


pupa
(Photo: courtesy of Ken Harris, Moths of Victoria: Part 1)

The pupa is brown and tubby.


male
(Photo: courtesy of Mark Ridgway, The Basin, Victoria)

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.


female
(Photo: courtesy of Ken Harris, Moths of Victoria: Part 1)

The females are flightless, and dark brown.

The species has been found in

  • Victoria.

    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 :

    Francis Walker,
    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.


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    (written 24 October 2016, updated 16 April 2018)