Opodiphthera rhythmica (Turner, 1936)
(previously known as Antheraea rhythmica)
SATURNIIDAE ,   BOMBYCOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

This Caterpillar is green with a yellow line along each side. There are tubercles on every segment each of which has a cluster of short stiff hairs, and extra big tubercles on the thorax and tail each with a prominent long hair. The caterpillar feeds on :

  • Bolly Gum ( Litsea reticulata, LAURACEAE ).


    (Specimen: courtesy of the The Australian Museum)

    The adult moths have a brown eyespot on each wing. On the fore wing, the eyespot is surrounded by a dark triangle outline Each hind wing has two curved wiggly dark lines across it. The moths have a wingspan of about 6 cms. The species is found in Australia in

  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 14.9, p. 406.

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    New Australian Lepidoptera,
    Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland,
    Volume 47 (1936), p. 25.


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    (updated 6 February 2008)