(previously known as Antheraea engaea)
SATURNIIDAE , BOMBYCOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Ethan Beaver, Alice Springs, Northern Territory)
The Caterpillar of this species is black with white setae attached through red verrucae. The caterpillar feeds on :
The caterpillars pupate in cocoons, typically attached singly to the main stem of their foodplant.
The adult moths typically have yellow-brown wings, each with 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 male moths have a wingspan of about 9 cms. The female moths have a wingspan of about 11 cms.
The eggs are round and cream coloured, developing brown markings as hatching approaches. They are laid in irregular clusters on random substrates.
The species has been found inland in Australia, in:
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 15.6, p. 406.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 193.
A. Jefferis Turner,
Revision of Australian Lepidoptera,
Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
Volume 47 No.1 (1922), pp. 354-355, No. 4.
(updated 21 November 2012, 12 February 2017)