LASIOCAMPINAE, LASIOCAMPIDAE, BOMBYCOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Ian Common, from Moths of Australia)
This Caterpillar is brown and hairy, with two narrow pencils of black hairs projecting from the thorax. It feeds on the foliage of :
The adult male and female moths are quite different in appearance. The female is pale brown or grey, with a subterminal arc of black-edged red dots on each forewing. In dead specimens, the red soon fades to grey. The female has a wingspan of about 6 cms.
The male moth has a bold pattern of light and dark brown. The male has a wingspan of about 4 cms.
The species is found in eastern Australia, including:
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, Pls. 28.1, 28.2, p. 390.
Moths of Victoria - Part 1,
Silk Moths and Allies - BOMBYCOIDEA,
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2008, pp. 14-15.
List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
Part 3 (1855), pp. 761-2, No. 1.
(updated 6 April 2013)