S3, Male, dorsal
S5, Male, size comparison
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)|
|Order:||Butterflies & Moths (Lepidoptera)|
|Family:||Anthelid Moth (:Bombycoidea Anthelidae)|
|Species:||Ruby Anthelid (Anthela rubeola)|
|This Photo:||S4, 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.