Ruby Anthelid
S2, Male, dorsal
Ruby Anthelid
S4, Male, dorsal
Ruby Anthelid (Anthela rubeola)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Butterflies & Moths (Lepidoptera)
Family: Anthelid Moth (:Bombycoidea Anthelidae)
Species: Ruby Anthelid (Anthela rubeola)
This Photo:     S3, Male, dorsal

Thank you Ethan Beaver for confirming the id of this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
Head & body ~20mm, wingspan ~60mm.
While called "Ruby" these can be anything from pale brown through to ruby. Their legs & palps always seem to have ruby highlights, regardless of wing colour.
While males & females have bipectinate antennae, the females have much smaller pectinations. As is typical, the female bodies are much larger (longer & wider) than the males.
We never saw one until May this year and suddenly we've found around 20 males coming to night lights through June & July.

Copyright © 2018-2022 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 05-Jun-2018
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.