LASIOCAMPINAE, LASIOCAMPIDAE, BOMBYCOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Moths of Victoria - Part 1)
These Caterpillars are thought to feed on the foliage of various species in MYRTACEAE.
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:
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 39.7, p. 389.
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.
(updated 17 April 2009)