Symphyta psaropis Turner, 1902
LASIOCAMPINAE ,   LASIOCAMPIDAE ,   BOMBYCOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Symphyta psaropis
(Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Moths of Victoria - Part 1)

These Caterpillars are thought to feed on the foliage of various species in MYRTACEAE.

Symphyta psaropis
male
(Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Moths of Victoria - Part 1)

The adults are pale brown or grey, with a dark dot near the middle of each forewing. The male moth has a wingspan of about 3 cms. The female moth has a wingspan of about 4 cms.

The species is found over much of mainland Australia, including:

  • Northern Territory,
  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Victoria,
  • South Australia,and
  • Western Australia.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 39.7, p. 389.

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

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    New Australian Lepidoptera,
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume 26 (1902), p. 187.


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    (updated 17 April 2009)