This page contains information about Common Anthelid Moths and caterpillars that we found in
the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
- Caterpillar 30mm, will grow to 50mm
- The Common Anthelid Moth caterpillar is dark brown in colour with long dark
brown hairs, two extra long tufts on the thorax. There are two rows of white
dots along the back. The head is dark brown with white adfrontal area. The
caterpillar usually hides under bark or leaf during the day, feeds at night.
The caterpillar makes a woven cocoon around itself before pupates.
- Caterpillar 30mm will grow to 50mm, moth wingspan 70mm
- In early summer 2003, we found a large woven cocoon, about 20x40mm,
attached among the leaves on a young gum tree. We took it home and put it in a
jar. About two weeks later, a moth came out as the above picture.
- Length 50mm
- On Dec 2004, we found this caterpillar on a gum tree trunk. We took it home
and wanted to see what math it would turn into. However, it escaped from the
jar we kept it and we cannot found it.
- Wingspan 70mm
- In Apr 2005, we found this moth crawling inside our house. When we
saw the moth, it could not fly yet and did not walk very well. We believe it
just came out from pupa. This might be the caterpillar we collected on Dec
2004 but escarped from the captivity and pupated somewhere inside our house.
- The adult moths are pale brown to brownish grey in colours, with patterns on
wings vary between individuals. The moths are active at night.
- 1. Anthela
acuta - Australian
Caterpillars by Don Herbison-Evans & Stella Crossley, 2007
- 2. Flying Colours, Common Caterpillars, Butterflies and Moths of South-Eastern Australia - Pat & Mike Coupar,1992,
- 3. Insects of Australia and New Zealand - R. J. Tillyard, Angus
& Robertson, Ltd, Sydney, 1926, p439.
- 4. A
Guide to Australian Moths - Paul Zborowski, Ted Edwards, CSIRO
PUBLISHING, 2007, p156.
Back to Top
[ Up ] [ Common Anthelid ] [ Palm Anthelid Moth ] [ Large Anthelid Moth ] [ Hairy Mary ]