MOTHS

There are more than 4000 moth species in Australia. Most are nocturnal, indistinctive and rather dull. Many also have warning colors and itching hairs for their protection. Larvae are caterpillars and even most of these are well hidden. Here are some examples.

Four spotted cupmoth Doratifera quadriguttataifera. larva (Limacodidae).

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sparshallii moth.

Trichiocercus sparshallii

Tussock moth pupa.

Emperor larva.

Pink moth larva. Croydon 8/2011

Paralaea sp. Croydon 8/2011

Geometridae (looper moth) larva.

Penultimate larva of autum gum mothMnesampela privata. The two dots are normal.

Young larvae of same moth (notice the same white dots).


EMPEROR GUM MOTHS

The emperor gum moth Opidodiphthera eucalypti feeds on Eucalyptus and peppercorn trees.

Emperor ova (eggs). Opidodiphthera eucalypti

Young larvae (catterpillars).

Emperor larva medium size. Opidodiphthera eucalypti

Emperor larvae medium size.

Mature larva (catterpillar). Coldstream 2010.

Emperor pupa(cocoon).

Male Emperor moth. Opidodiphthera eucalypti

Helena moth O. helena and
Emperor moth both males.


CASEMOTHS

There creatures build a protective cover from sticks and leaves. Females generally have no wings and live their entire lives inside their case.

wavy casemoth.

wavy casemoth larval case with pupal shell.

this is the adult male.

Saunders casemoth. Metura elongatus, (Oiketicus elongatus)

Stick casemoth.Clania lewinii.

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HELIOTROPE MOTH

Utetheisa pulchelloides. from Wave Hill, NT 7/2011.

Utetheisa pulchelloides. from Coldstream 2010


VICTORIAN MOTHS

Kurrajong leaf tier. Dichocrocis clytusalis.

Bogong moth.
Agrotis infusa.

Heliotrope moth. Utetheisa pulchelloides.

Emperor moth.

Croydon 8/2011.

Croydon 8/2011.

Geometrid moth.

Geometrid moth underside.

Poss. Cleora displicata Geometrid moth.

Browntail gum moth. Urocoma baliolalis. Coldstream 2010

Poss. AcyphasFrom Coldstream 2010.

Click here to see browntail gum moth Thanks to Don of butterfly house for help in identification.


MOTHS FROM WAVE HILL July 2011

photographed by iPhone at night at a light trap.
Crystal Universe sponsored a working tour to Wave Hill to collect prenhite mineral at their mining lease.

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Poss. Bracken moth Idiodes.

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Cleora injectaria.

poss. Lucerne looperZermizinga sinuata.

Cleora injectaria.

Emerald moth Chlorocoma sp. (Geometridae).

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Cryphaea xylina.

Is this the same as previous?

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Dysbatus singularis.

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Poss.Dichromodes.

Phrissogonus laticostata.(Geometridae) Larentiinae Male.

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Dasypodia selenophora.

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Fringe moth.

Poss. Garrha.

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Heliotrope moth.

This (prehnite) stone was the reason for the visit to Wave Hill.

Poss. Garrha.

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Heliotrope moth.