(one synonym : Rhinogyne calligama R.Felder, 1874)
LASIOCAMPINAE, LASIOCAMPIDAE, BOMBYCOIDEA
first instar, magnified
(Photo: courtesy of Marlene Walter, Clifton Hill, Victoria)
The first instar Caterpillars of this species are greyish and hairy, and grow to a length of about 0.8 cms.
Later instars develop pairs of yellow spots along the back, and scarlet sides to the head, and have a pair of dark hair tufts: one growing from each side of the prothorax.
The caterpillars feed on the foliage of :
The adult male and female moths are different in appearance. The male has dark brown forewings, and darker hindwings with broad orange margins. The males have a wingspan of about 4 cms.
The female moth has pale grey forewings, each with a submarginal row of dark brown spots. and pale grey hindwings. The females have a wingspan of about 5 cms.
The species is found in the south-eastern quarter of Australia, including:
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 12.9, p. 391.
Moths of Victoria - Part 1,
Silk Moths and Allies - BOMBYCOIDEA,
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2008, pp. 14-15.
List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
Part 4 (1855), p. 973, No. 2.
(updated 10 April 2009, 3 October 2019, 15 March 2021, 3 March2022)