(previously known as Pinara erubescens)
LASIOCAMPINAE, LASIOCAMPIDAE, BOMBYCOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Moths of Victoria - Part 1)
The Caterpillars of this species feed on the foliage of:
The caterpillars pupate in a tough, sometimes pink, cocoon.
The adult moths are brown, with a dark spot near the middle of each forewing.
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:
Further reading :
Oswald B. Lower,
New Australian Heterocera,
Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
Volume 18 (1894), p. 77.
Moths of Victoria - Part 1,
Silk Moths and Allies - BOMBYCOIDEA,
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2008, pp. 10-11.
(updated 24 March 2009)