(formerly known as Opodiphthera excavus)
(Photo: courtesy of Jim Kelton, Cooktown, Queensland)
The Caterpillars of this species have been found feeding on
The caterpillars pupate, unusually for members of SATURNIIDAE, in a cocoon underground.
The adult moths are yellow or brown, each wing having two or three vague dark wiggly transverse lines, and a central dark-edged pale spot. The moths have a wingspan of about 10.5 cms.
The species is found in
Further reading :
David A. Lane,
A new species of Opodiphthera Wallengren (Lepidoptera: Saturniidae) from northern Australia,
Vol. 22 (1995), pp. 115-122.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 193.
(written 22 January 2005, updated 23 July 2015, 7 July 2019, 12 January 2020, 20 February 2022)