Pernattia chlorophragma (Turner, 1924)
Desert Casuarina Moth
(previously known as Perna chlorophragma)
GASTROPACHINAE ,   LASIOCAMPIDAE ,   BOMBYCOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Pernattia chlorophragma
male
(Specimen: courtesy of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)

The adult moth of this species is white with a brown and white lattice pattern on the forewings. The male has a wingspan of about 3 cms.

Pernattia chlorophragma
female
(Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Victoria)

The female has a fatter abdomen, antennae that are more threadlike, and has a wingspan of about 4 cms.

The species is found inland in the south of Australia, including:

  • New South Wales,
  • Victoria,
  • South Australia, and
  • Western Australia.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 39.4, p. 389.

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

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    Revision of Australian Lepidoptera Hypsidae, Anthelidae,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 49 (1924), p. 426, No. 52.


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    (updated 5 April 2009)