(one synonym : Anthela sydneyensis Strand, 1929)
LYMANTRIIDAE , NOCTUOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Ken Harris, Morwell Park, Victoria)
The Caterpillar of this species feeds on the foliage of various Gum Trees ( Eucalyptus, MYRTACEAE ).
The adult moths are dimorphic.
The male has a pattern of light and dark brown markings on its forewings, and plain brown hind wings. Its body is covered in rusty-brown hair. There is a tranparent aereole on each forewing. The male moth has a wingspan of about 4 cms.
The female has only vestigial wings, and looks like a big brown hairy ant. She has a length of about 2 cms.
The species is found in
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, figs. 43.5, 43.6, p. 428.
Moths of Victoria: part 2,
Tiger Moths and their Allies - Noctuoidea (A),
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2009, pp. 18-19.
List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
Part 4 (1855), p. 851, No. 7.
Paul Zborowski and Ted Edwards,
A Guide to Australian Moths, CSIRO Publishing, 2007, p. 178.
(updated 2 September 2011, 22 July 2015)