Lymantria antennata Walker, 1855
(one synonym : Lymantria undifera Strand, 1923)
LYMANTRIIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Lymantria antennata
male
(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.

Lymantria antennata
female
(Photo: courtesy of Robert Ingram, DAFF and Bugwood.org)

The female has atrophied wings, and is flightless. She has a length of about 2.5 cms.

Lymantria antennata
male
(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

This species is found on the east coast of Australia, including:

  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.

    Lymantria antennata
    male, underside
    (Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)


    Further reading :

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 111.

    Francis Walker,
    Lepidoptera Heterocera,
    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.


    previous
    back
    caterpillar
    Australian
    Australian Butterflies
    butterflies
    Australian
    home
    caterpillars
    Australian
    Australian Moths
    moths
    next
    next
    caterpillar

    (updated 11 February 2010)