Lymantria pelospila Turner, 1915
(erroneously: Dura pilospila)
LYMANTRIIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda, Queensland)

The caterpillars of this species are thought to feed on the foliage of

  • Gum Trees ( Eucalyptus species, MYRTACEAE ).

    The male adult moth has wings that are basically buff coloured. The forewings have zig-zag brown markings. The male moth has a wingspan of about 4 cms.

    The female has no apparent wings and has a bulbous brown hairy body.

    The species has been caught in :

  • Northern Territory, and
  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

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

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    Studies in Australian Lepidoptera,
    Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland,
    Volume 27, Part 1 (1915), p. 24.


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    (updated 11 February 2010)