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The family (Turner 1921) forms a conspicuous element of the Australian fauna, but elsewhere is known only from New Guinea.


Antennae bipectinate to apex in male, usually bipectinate or pectinate in female; proboscis rarely present; maxillary palps vestigial; labial palps porrect; epiphysis present in male, reduced or absent in female, tibial spurs short, 0-2-4 or 0-2-2; females rarely with vestigial wings; fore wing with retinaculum in male, 1 or 2 areoles usually present, M 2 arising nearer to M 3 than to M 1 , CuP absent, 1A + 2A forming basal fork; hind wing with functional frenulum in male, in female with only thickened frenulum base, Sc + R 1 separate from Rs, or Sc connected to Rs by R 1 , M 2 as in fore wing, CuP absent, 2 anal veins. Larva usually with verrucae and dense, branched or roughened setae, verrucae of abdominal segment 1 arranged differently from those of 2-8; crochets biordinal or multiordinal, simple. Pupa in double-walled cocoon of silk often mixed with larval hairs.


Anthelidae images on Australian Moths Online

  • Anthela sp.

  • Anthela sp

  • Anthela sp