(one synonym : Lymantria undifera Strand, 1923)
LYMANTRIIDAE , NOCTUOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda, Queensland)
The male adult moth of this species has a hairy red body with a pale plume of hairs on its tail and pale hairs on the thorax and head. The forewings are basically buff coloured, with zig-zag dark brown markings. The hindwings are pale brown. The male moth has a wingspan of about 5 cms.
The female has atrophied wings, and is flightless. She has a length of about 2.5 cms.
This species is found on the east coast of Australia, including:
Further reading :
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 111.
List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
Part 4 (1855), pp. 881-882, No. 19.
Paul Zborowsky & Ted Edwards,
A Guide to Australian Moths, CSIRO Press, 2007, p. 180.
(updated 11 February 2010)