Entometa decorata (Walker, 1865)
(previously known as Opsirhina decorata)
LASIOCAMPINAE,   LASIOCAMPIDAE,   BOMBYCOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@yahoo.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Entometa decorata
male
(Photo: courtesy of Ian McMillan, Imbil, Queensland)

The adult male moths of this species are orangy brown, with variable dark lines and patches on the forewings.

Entometa decorata
female
(Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

The females have broader forewings each with a similar and variable pattern like that of the males. The wingspan of the males is about 4 cms. The wingspan of the males is about 6 cms.

Entometa decorata
male, close-up of head
(Photo: courtesy of Bronwyn King, Melba, Australian Capital Territory)

The males have brown feathery antennae, each decorated with a blue line. The females have dark brown thread-like antennae.

The species is found in

  • Western Australia,
  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales, and
  • Australian Capital Territory.

    Entometa decorata
    male
    (Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)


    Further reading :

    Francis Walker,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 32, Supplement 2 (1865), p. 555.


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    (updated 7 December 2008, 14 August 2019, 21 August 2020, 25 April 2021)