Opodiphthera carnea (Sonthonnax, 1899)
(formerly known as Antheraea carnea),
SATURNIIDAE ,   BOMBYCOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Opodiphthera carnea
female
(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

These adult moths are orange. Each wing has a single brown eyespot in the middle, and a diffuse brown line parallel to the outer margin. There is a pink and black spot at the tip of each forewing. The moths can have a wingspan up to 13 cms.

Opodiphthera carnea
underside
(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

The eggs are round and cream coloured. They are laid in irregular clusters on random substrates.

The species is found inland in Australia in:

  • Northern Territory, and
  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Bernard Laurence d'Abrera,
    Saturniidae Mundi, Automeris Press, 1998.

    David A. Lane & E.D. Edwards,
    The status of Opodiphthera carnea (Sonthonnax) and Opodiphthera loranthi (Lucas) (Lepidoptera: Saturniidae) in northern and eastern Australia,
    Australian Entomologist,
    Volume 32, Issue 2 (2005), pp. 55-64.

    L. Sonthonnax,
    Essai de Classification de Lépidoptères,
    Laboratoire d'études de la soie,
    Volume 2 (1899), pp. 47-48, No. 4.


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    (written 4 November 2014)