S2, Unid'ed Mite
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)|
|Order:||Butterflies & Moths (Lepidoptera)|
|Family:||Anthelid Moth (:Bombycoidea Anthelidae)|
|Species:||Yellow-spotted Anthelid (Anthelidae sp ES1?)|
|This Photo:||S2, Proleg Feet|
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), the Riverland and elsewhere
Found on Acacia hakeoides & Senna artemisioides. Id was arrived at due to the hairyness & triangular face. In future we will raise those we find to improve the id. It's possible S2 is a different species, but we believe it's a late instar.
S2 is about 50mm long, had 5 pairs of prolegs and 3 "real", or thoracic, legs (these are kept to adult, whereas the prolegs are lost). Notice also the spiracles (breathing holes) on it's side, and the mite on it's back. The spiracles are white, vertical ovals just above the prolegs.
The 3 specimens were found in October.