Pararguda dasymalla (Turner, 1924)
Alpine Snout Moth
(previously known as Digglesia dasymalla)
LASIOCAMPINAE,   LASIOCAMPIDAE,   BOMBYCOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Pararguda dasymalla
first instars
(Photo: courtesy of Josh Grubb, Moths of Victoria - Part 1)

These Caterpillars are hairy and dark grey, with a red spot each side of each segment. The caterpillars have been found feeding on:

  • Snowgum ( Eucalyptus pauciflora, MYRTACEAE ).

    Pararguda dasymalla
    male
    (Photo: courtesy of Josh Grubb, Moths of Victoria - Part 1)

    The adult moths of this species basically have brown wings. There is a dark mark near the middle of each forewing. The hindwings shade towards orange at the base. The wingspan of a male is about 4 cms, and of a female about 5 cms.

    Pararguda dasymalla
    female
    (Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Moths of Victoria - Part 1)

    The species is found in alpine regions of eastern Australia, including:

  • New South Wales, and
  • Victoria.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, Pl. 12.10, Pl. 12.14, 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. Lasiocampidae,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 49 (1924), pp. 422-423, No. 41.


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    (updated 29 August 2010, 27 September 2014)