Desert Casuarina Moth
(previously known as Perna chlorophragma)
GASTROPACHINAE, LASIOCAMPIDAE, BOMBYCOIDEA
(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.
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:
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 39.4, p. 389.
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.
(updated 5 April 2009)