Opsirhina albigutta Walker, 1855
White Spotted Snout Moth
LASIOCAMPINAE ,   LASIOCAMPIDAE ,   BOMBYCOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Opsirhina albigutta
male
(Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Moths of Victoria - Part 1)

This Caterpillar has been found feeding on the leaves of:

  • Gum Trees ( Eucalyptus, MYRTACEAE ).

    Opsirhina albigutta
    female
    (Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Moths of Victoria - Part 1)

    The adult butterflies are grey with a white spot and two black-edged white lines on each forewing. The hindwings are brown.

    Opsirhina albigutta
    male
    (Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Moths of Victoria - Part 1)

    The males are smaller, having a wingspan of about 4 cms. The females have a wingspan of about 5 cms.

    Opsirhina albigutta
    female
    (Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Moths of Victoria - Part 1)

    The species occurs over much of eastern Australia, including:

  • New South Wales,
  • Australian Capital Territory,
  • Victoria, and
  • Tasmania.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, figs. 39.5, 39.6, p. 389.

    Peter Marriott,
    Moths of Victoria - Part 1,
    Silk Moths and Allies - BOMBYCOIDEA
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2008, pp. 8-9.

    Francis Walker,
    Lepidoptera Heterocera,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 6 (1855), p. 1419-1420, No. 2.


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    (updated 13 April 2010)