Orange Tailed Anthelid
(previously known as : Darala xantharcha)
ANTHELINAE, ANTHELIDAE, BOMBYCOIDEA
Peter Marriott & Stella Crossley
(Photo: courtesy of Geoff Byrne, Shark Bay, Western Australia)
These caterpillars feed on
They pupate in a cocoon covered in red hairs from the caterpillar.
The male and female adult moths of this species look different. They both have grey forewings, but with different patterns. The hindwings are quite different, but they both have an orange hairy abdomen.
The male moths have indistinct dark lines across each forewing with two white spots. The hindwings of the males are pale yellow with a broad dark grey margin, and each hindwing has a dark line across the middle. The wingspan of the male is about 6 cms.
The female moths also have indistinct dark lines across each forewing, and two white spots, but also have a white submarginal zizgzag line on each forewing. The hindwings of the females are grey, and each hindwing also has a a white submarginal zizgzag line. The wingspan of the female is about 7 cms.
The species occurs in much of Australia, including:
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 13.8, p. 395.
Moths of Victoria - Part 1,
Silk Moths and Allies - BOMBYCOIDEA,
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2008, pp. 22-23.
Description of New Australian Lepidoptera,
Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
Volume 14 (1891), p. 191.
(updated 31 July 2013, 13 July 2023)