Rufous Snout Moth
(also known as Digglesia rufescens)
LASIOCAMPINAE, LASIOCAMPIDAE, BOMBYCOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Richard Glatz, SARDI Entomology, South Australia)
The caterpillars of this species are fawn and furry. The hairs hang down like a skirt over their legs The body has three black iconic marks on the back each having two small raised pink knobs.
The caterpillars have been found feeding on: foliage of:
(Photos: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Moths of Victoria - Part 1)
Pupation occurs in a papery silk cocoon spun among leaves of the foodplant.
The adult moths have brown wings with scalloped edges. The females have thread-like antennae, a fat abdomen, and a wingspan of about 5 cms. The females have an obtuse angle at the tornus of each forewing.
The males have forewings that have nearly a right angle at the tornus. The males have feathery antennae, and a wingspan of about 4 cms.
The males often rest facing downwards on a tree trunk by day.
The species is found in Australia in:
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 12.6, p. 389.
Moths of Victoria - Part 1,
Silk Moths and Allies - BOMBYCOIDEA,
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2008, pp. 6-9.
List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
Part 6 (1855), p. 1395, No. 16.
(updated 25 February 2010, 19 April 2018)