(one synonym : Anthela sydneyensis Strand, 1929)
caterpillar forming its cocoon
(Photo: courtesy of Steven Dodge, Nowra, New South Wales)
The Caterpillar of this species has 4 grey tufts on its back, and copious long white hairs along its sides. The caterpillar feeds on the foliage of various
The cocoon is white and incorporates the hairs of the caterpillar.
The adult moths are dimorphic.
The male is off-white with a pattern of dark brown markings on its forewings, and plain brown hind wings. Its body is covered in orange 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 cannot fly. The female looks like a big ball of off-white hair. She is larger than the male, with a length of about 2.5 cms.
The species is found in
The female stays with the cocoon from which she emerged, emitting pheromones to attract a male. She lays her eggs among the hairs of the cocoon.
The eggs are round and white, with a dark spot at one end.
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, 16 February 2019)