What Bug Is That? The guide to Australian insect families.

Logo: What Bug Is That? Logo: Taxonomy Research & Information Network

Carthaeidae

Overview

The single fine species, Carthaea saturnioides from south-western Australia (Common 1966b), is grey with a rose-flushed hind wing. When disturbed suddenly, the insect displays its eye-spots by depressing the head, protracting the fore wings, and moving the hind wings rhythmically. The handsome, orange and brown larva, with lateral eye-spots, feeds exposed in the early summer on the young foliage of Dryandra , Banksia and Grevillea (Proteaceae).

Description

Antennae bipectinate to apex in male, dentate in female, flagellum scaled; proboscis strong; maxillary palps 3-segmented; labial palps strong, ascending; epiphysis present; tibial spurs 0-2-4, apices bare; fore wing with retinaculum in male, R 2 and R 3 stalked, M 2 arising about equidistant between M 1 and M 3 , CuP absent; hind wing with frenulum strong in male, about 10 short bristles in female, Sc approaching Rs before one-half of discal cell where R 1 joins Rs and Sc, M 2 as in fore wing, CuP absent, 1A and 3A present, 2A vestigial. Larva in early instars with scoli and dorsal horn on abdominal segment 8, mature larva with minute secondary setae and with slight hump on segment 8, and prolegs massive, crochets biordinal, simple. Pupa with cremaster bearing a group of hooked setae; in flimsy cocoon on ground.

Top