Emperor Moth, Opodiphthera astrophela

Helena Scott1850/1870

Australian Museum

Australian Museum
Sydney, Australia

“The moth ... emerges from its cocoon by moistening one extremity with a fluid which is secreted for the purpose, rotating its body, and ripping open the envelope by means of the strong curved hooks placed on each shoulder.” Description from AW Scott, ‘Australian Lepidoptera and their Transformations’, Volume 2, Plate 13 (1890-1898).


  • Title: Emperor Moth, Opodiphthera astrophela
  • Creator: Helena Scott
  • Date: 1850/1870
  • Medium: Watercolour painting

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