Opodiphthera fervida Jordan, 1910
SATURNIIDAE ,   BOMBYCOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Opodiphthera fervida
Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, from
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art

These Caterpillars are stout and black with raised red warts supporting bunches of branched white hairs. The caterpillars have a brown head, white spiracles, and a red line along each side of the body. The caterpillars feed on the vines from the plant family PRIMULACEAE such as :

  • Mueller's Vine ( Maesa muelleri ), and
  • Northern Muttonwood ( Rapanea porosa ).

    They pupate usually on plants growing below the food plant in a tough oval cocoon.

    Opodiphthera fervida
    (Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda, Queensland)

    The adult moths are yellow with a brown eyespot on each wing, and with two dark lines across each wing, the one nearer the base being broken. The forewings each have a black costa. The moths have a wingspan of about 8 cms.

    The species is found in

  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Heinrich Ernst Karl Jordan,
    New Saturnidae,
    Novitates Zoologicae,
    Volume 17 (1910) p. 474, No. 7.

    David A. Lane,
    Notes on the Life History of Opodiphthera fervida (Jordan) (Lepidoptera: Saturniidae),
    The Australian Entomologist,
    Volume 21, Part 2 (July 1994), pp. 37-38.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 194.


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    (updated 22 January 2011, 22 November 2013)