Mistletoe Emperor Moth
(one synonym : Antheraea carnea Sonthonnax, 1899)
(Specimen: courtesy of Steven Dodge, Nowra, New South Wales)
This Caterpillar is initially orange, later becoming dark green or brown, with dark scoli, each with a white hair with a flattened tip.
The caterpillar feeds communally on :
The caterpillars pupate together in tough dark-brown oval cocoons on the main stem of their foodplant.
The adult moth is rusty brown with wrinkled wingtips, a single brown eyespot in the middle of each wing, and has a black submarginal band on each wing, and a black costa to each forewing. The moth has a wingspan up to 14 cms.
The species is found in Australia in
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, p. 406.
Thomas P. Lucas,
On Queensland and other Australian Macro-Lepidoptera, with Localities and Descriptions of new Species,
Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
Series 2, Volume 6, Part 2 (1891), pp. 292-293.
John T. Moss,
The Mistletoe Emperor Moth (Opodiphthera loranthi) (Lucas) (Lepidoptera: Saturniidae),
Issue 51 (December 2008), pp. 1, 4-7,
Butterflies and Other Invertebrates Club.
(updated 14 December 2009, 22 February 2017)