EUPTEROTIDAE , BOMBYCOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Graham McDonald, taken in north Queensland)
The adult moths of this species are dimorphic. The female is brown with various markings including a dark-edged pale spot near the base of each forewing, and a prominent pale zig-zag submarginal line on each of the four wings.
The males are also brown with various markings, including a dark-edged pale spot near the base of each forewing, and with a prominent dark line across each forewing. The hindwings of the males are orange, each with some dark markings, including a vague dark line ending on the inner margin of each hindwing. The wingspans are about 6 cms.
The species occurs in the tropical north of Australia in
Further reading :
Graham J. McDonald,
Moths of Tropical North Queensland,
Issue 75 (December 2014), pp. 7-12, Figures 1a and 1b.
Butterflies and Other Invertebrates Club.
A. Jefferis Turner,
Revision of of Australian Lepidoptera, Saturnidae, Bombycidae, Eupterotidae, Notodontidae,
Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
Volume 47 (1922), pp. 361-362.
Paul Zborowski and Ted Edwards,
A Guide to Australian Moths,
CSIRO Publishing, 2007, p. 157.
(updated 30 March 2009)