(one synonym is Antheraea purpurascens Walker, 1865)
SATURNIIDAE , BOMBYCOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Ethan Beaver, Kununurra, Western Australia)
There is a considerable variation in the coloration of adults of this species. The basic adult moth is yellow with two zig-zag brown lines across each wing. The forewings each have a small brown-outlined transparent dot in the middle. The hindwings have a submarginal arc of dark spots.
However, the wings can be brown. The moth typically has a wingspan of 11 cms.
The species has been found in Australia in
Further reading :
David A. Lane, (Ted) E.D. Edwards, & Stefan Naumann,
A revision of the genus Syntherata Maasen, 1873 (Lepidoptera: Saturniidae) within Australia, with the description of three new species, and descriptions of their life histories,
The European Entomologist,
Volume 3, Part 1 (2010), pp. 21-27, figs. 6, 19, 54-69.
John O. Westwood,
Descriptions of some new species of exotic moths belonging or allied to the genus Saturnia,
Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London,
Part 21 (1853), pp. 166-167.
(written 12 February 2017)