Pararguda australasiae (Fabricius, 1775)
(formerly known as Bombyx australasiae)
LASIOCAMPINAE ,   LASIOCAMPIDAE ,   BOMBYCOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Pararguda australasiae
(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

The adult moths of this species are brown with a subterminal arc of dark dots.

Pararguda australasiae
underside
(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

This species is found only in

  • the north of Queensland.

    A specimen was originally collected on Cook's voyage, and previously it had been assumed it was taken at Botany Bay. But later examination of the label showed it was taken in the north. The southern species is now called Pararguda nasuta.


    Further reading :

    Johan Christian Fabricius,
    Sistens insectorvm classes, ordines, genera, species, adiectis synonymis, locis, descriptionibvs, observationibvs,
    Systema Entomologiae,
    1775, p. 562 No. 22.


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    (updated 31 August 2012, 19 February 2015)