Teia athlophora (Turner, 1921)
(previously known as Orgyia athlophora)
LYMANTRIIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


early instar
(Photo: courtesy of Hsueh-Wen, Manjimup, Western Australia)

This Caterpillar is brown and hairy, with four pale tussocks along the back, and a white and a black tussock projecting each side. There are two red dorsal glands, one on each of the penultimate two abdominal segments.


late instar
(Photo: courtesy of Hsueh-Wen, Manjimup, Western Australia)

The Caterpillar has been found feeding on a variety of plants, including:

  • Wattles ( Acacia species, MIMOSACEAE ),
  • Candle Flowers, ( Banksia species PROTEACEAE ), and
  • Tagasaste ( Cytisus proliferus, FABACEAE ).


    male
    (Photo: courtesy of Hsueh-Wen, Manjimup, Western Australia)

    The adult male moth has forewings with a pattern of dark and light brown, each forewing with two white spots, one near the wingtip, and one near the tornus. The male moth has plain pale brown hind wings. and has a hairy brown body. He has a wingspan of about 3.5 cms.


    female on her cocoon
    (Photo: courtesy of Hsueh-Wen, Manjimup, Western Australia)

    The female is flightless and has only vestigial wings. She is fat, brown, and hairy.

    The species occurs in

  • the south of Western Australia.


    male
    (Specimen: courtesy of the The Australian Museum)


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, p. 429.

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    New Genera and Species of Lepidoptera belonging to the Family Noctuidae,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 45 No.4 (1921), pp. 493-494, No. 52.


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    (updated 19 May 2006, 11 February 2014, 9 April 2015)