Anthela unisigna Swinhoe, 1903
ANTHELINAE,   ANTHELIDAE,   BOMBYCOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Anthela unisigna
male
(Photo: courtesy of Paul Kay, Coral Bay, Western Australia)

The male adult moths of this species have pale grey forewings, with a dark margin containing a pale submarginal zigzag line, a variable number of dark zigzag lines across each forewing, and a prominent white spot on or by one of the dark lines, near the middle of the costa. The hindwings are off-white with a grey band along the margin containing a pale submarginal zigzag line. The abdomen is covered in orange hair.

Anthela unisigna
female
(Photo: courtesy of Paul Kay, Coral Bay, Western Australia)

The female adult moths of this species have grey forewings, with a dark margin containing a pale submarginal zigzag line, a variable number of dark zigzag lines across each forewing, and a prominent white spot on or by one of the dark lines, near the middle of the costa. The hindwings are off-white with a grey band along the margin containing a pale submarginal zigzag line, and also a dark arc across the middle of each hindwing. The abdomen is covered in very dark orange hair.

Anthela unisigna
underside, male
(Photo: courtesy of Paul Kay, Coral Bay, Western Australia)

The wingspan is about 6 cms.

Anthela unisigna
underside, female
(Photo: courtesy of Paul Kay, Coral Bay, Western Australia)

The species has been found in:

  • Western Australia.


    Further reading :

    Charles Swinhoe,
    A revision of the Old World Lymantriidae in the National Collection,
    Transactions of the Entomological Society of London,
    1903, pp. 447-448.


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    (written 11 March 2020)