(formerly known as Antheraea carnea),
(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.
The eggs are round and cream coloured. They are laid in irregular clusters on random substrates.
The species is found inland in Australia in:
The name of this species is thought by some taxonomists to be a junior synonym of Austrocaligula loranthi.
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,
Volume 32, Issue 2 (2005), pp. 55-64.
Essai de Classification de Lépidoptères,
Laboratoire d'études de la soie,
Volume 2 (1899), pp. 47-48, No. 4.
(written 4 November 2014, updated 15 September 2019)