Anthela subfalcata (Walker, 1855)
(one synonym: Anthela ferruginea Walker, 1855)
ANTHELINAE,   ANTHELIDAE,   BOMBYCOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


male, drawing by Embrik Strand, listed as Anthela ferruginea, erroneously as female
,
Bombyces and Sphinges of the Indo-Australian Region, in Adalbert Seitz (ed.)
The Macrolepidoptera of the World, Volume 10 (1933), Plate 46, fig b6,
image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Natural History Museum Library, London.

The male moths of this species are pale yellowish or reddish brown, with a submarginal arc of dark-red-edged white spots on each wing, and a dark reddish curved transverse line. The forewings also each have two dark-red-edged pale spots. The hindwings each also have a dark reddish spot near the costa, and a dark reddish area by the tornus. The wingspan is about 3.5 cms.

The females are fawn coloured, with two dark reddish transverse curved lines on each forewing, and have a wingspan of about 4.5 cms.

The species has been found in

  • New South Wales, and
  • Tasmania.


    Further reading :

    Embrik Strand,
    Bombyces and Sphinges of the Indo-Australian Region,
    in Adalbert Seitz (ed.):
    The Macrolepidoptera of the World,
    Stuttgart : Alfred Kernen Verlag, Volume 10 (1933), p. 372, and also Plate 46, fig b6.

    Francis Walker,
    Lepidoptera Heterocera,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 4 (1855), pp. 894-895, No. 13.

    Francis Walker,
    Lepidoptera Heterocera,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 4 (1855), p. 890, No. 5.


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    (written 11 May 2019)