Iropoca rotundata (Walker, 1855)
Irapoca Moth
(one synonym : Anthela sydneyensis Strand, 1929)
LYMANTRIIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
( donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


Male
(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.


Male
(Specimen: courtesy of the The Australian Museum)

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.


Female
(Specimen: courtesy of the The Australian Museum)

The female has only vestigial wings, and looks like a big brown hairy ant. She has a length of about 2 cms.


Male, underside
(Photo: courtesy of Joan Fearn, Batemans Bay, New South Wales)

The species is found in

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Victoria, and
  • Tasmania.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, figs. 43.5, 43.6, p. 428.

    Peter Marriott,
    Moths of Victoria: part 2,
    Tiger Moths and their Allies - Noctuoidea (A)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2009, pp. 18-19.

    Francis Walker,
    Lepidoptera Heterocera,
    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.


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    (updated 2 September 2011, 22 July 2015)