Entometa erubescens (Lower, 1894)
(previously known as Pinara erubescens)
LASIOCAMPINAE,   LASIOCAMPIDAE,   BOMBYCOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Entometa erubescens
female
(Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Moths of Victoria - Part 1)

The Caterpillars of this species feed on the foliage of:

  • Gum Trees ( Eucalyptus species, MYRTACEAE ).

    The caterpillars pupate in a tough, sometimes pink, cocoon.

    The adult moths are brown, with a dark spot near the middle of each forewing.

    Entometa erubescens
    male
    (Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Moths of Victoria - Part 1)

    The males have similar coloration to the females, bu have narrower forewings and a narrower abdomen. The males have feathery antennae, and the females have thread-like antennae. The males are smaller than the femles. The wingspan of the males is about 6 cms. The wingspan of the females is about 8 cms.

    The species is found in south-eastern Australia, including:

  • Queensland,
  • Australian Capital Territory, and
  • Victoria.


    Further reading :

    Oswald B. Lower,
    New Australian Heterocera,
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume 18 (1894), p. 77.

    Peter Marriott,
    Moths of Victoria - Part 1,
    Silk Moths and Allies - BOMBYCOIDEA
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2008, pp. 10-11.


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    (updated 24 March 2009)