Wednesday, 31 May 2017


Since I am now using the later classification of EREBIDAE which came from the splitting of NOCTUIDAE I have made a list of the sub families that have had samples taken in  Australia.

Let me know if I have missed any Australian sub families.
Click on the picture to enlarge.

Possibly Euproctis Poss galactopis LYMANTRIINAE EREBIDAE


Small white moths can be difficult to identify so there is plenty of room for error.

Genus:- Euproctis (Possibly )
Species:- galactopis (Possibly)


LYMANTRIINAE Unknown 2863-5378

 Note the spurs, one long one short on the hind leg. The moth is missing a lot of scale.

 LYMANTRIINAE Unknown 2863-5378


Fraus crocea HEPIALIDAE

EDIT:-  August 2018.

  I had this down as "LYMANTRIINAE  Unknown 1296-7837", but it turns out it is a HEPIALIDAE.

I will do an entry for it  Wednesday August 22 2018


Wednesday, 24 May 2017


Previously named Leptocneria reducta LYMANTRIIDAE

 The family EREBIDAE has split up the family NOCTUIDAE and LYMANTRIIDAE has now been placed as a sub family LYMANTRIINAE of EREBIDAE.  (EREBIDAE now also includes the old family Arctiidae as a subfamily ie. EREBIDAE ARCTIINAE.) (Watch those word endings).
There are going to be many such changes as moths are re-identified. In the interests of people like me with older books and using sites that, although extremely helpful, are still using the old divisions I will try to put both the old and new names in each post. The changes have been around a while now so perhaps it is time for me to start catching up.



Previously named Leptocneria reducta LYMANTRIIDAE.
Common name, White Cedar Moth, and the caterpillars are sometimes called "itchy grubs" because of the irritating scales that can cause severe itching.
Larval food plant is Melia azedarach ( Meliaceae), common name white cedar (and 10 other common names), named for the appearance of the timber.
The White Cedar tree fruit and leaves are toxic to livestock , dogs and humans and the caterpillars do not seem to be generally eaten by birds. Some animals and birds are not affected.

Genus:- Leptocneria
Species:-  reducta

The entry for the week Nov 10 2015 has been updated.
Digama marmoreal is now Sommeria marmoreal, this also brings up the family Aganaidae which is now a subfamily of the newly formed (about 2012) family Erebidae.

The family Erebidae has split up the family Noctuidae and includes the old family Arctiidae as a subfamily Erebidae Arctiinae.

The second entry for last week (May 17 2017) has been updated. I have added the correct identification.


Wednesday, 17 May 2017

LYMANTRIIDAE Orgyia species

LYMANTRIIDAE Orgyia  australis (probably)

The larvae feed on a wide variety of plants but in our case the most likely plants are Acacia (Mimosaceae), Grevillea and Macadamia (Proteaceae).
This is one of the species where the females are flightless, limiting the ability of the species to spread to other areas should the host tree die or be removed.

Genus:-  Orgyia
Species:-  australis (probably)

I have included the photo on the left because of the colour differences. I believe it is still Orgyia australis but it is an old moth and has lost a lot of scales.
There are also a number of other Orgyia moths with similar markings.



This entry was updated May 24, 2017

I previously had this moth as LYMANTRIIDAE poss Euproctis sp but a kind reader was able to correct the identification.

Genus:- Trichiocercus
Species:- sparshalli

The larval food plant is Eucalyptus and they mostly feed at night, hiding during the day. The proboscis is very short and this possibly means the adults do not feed.
The adults are said to feign death if handled but I haven't seen it happen. The males come readily to light, this is probably a male because of the long scales on the tail.
The caterpillars can also apparently be processional.

Thanks to Peter for his assistance.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017


Calliteara pura LYMANTRIIDAE

  NOTE:- this post was originally named Calliteara farenoides but it has been pointed out to me that the double line above the tear drop on the forewing means it is C. pura. I will add the label "probably" to the species name because there is a small chance that there is some confusion in the reference sites.
It seems that C. pura is probably the correct name.

Genus:- Calliteara
Species:- pura (probably)

Genus:- Calliteara
Species:- pura (probably) also (Probably the female)


 Euproctis lucifuga LYMANTRIIDAE

Genus:- Euproctis
Species:- lucifuga

I was not able to find much information on these moths. They tend to be more tropical, and are a lot more common closer to the coast but we still see them here often.


Euproctis  fimbriata (probably) LYMANTRIIDAE


Previous name:-  Chionophasma fimbriata and this is the name that was used in Moths of Australia (Common 1990).


Genus:- Euproctis
Species:- fimbriata (probably )






The most likely larval food plants here  are :-

 Macadamia Nuts ( PROTEACEAE ), and Avocado ( LAURACEAE ).


Wednesday, 3 May 2017


Eloasa callidesma LIMACODIDAE

 Synonym :- Lethocephala callidesma.

As far as I can tell, the moth under the name Parasa callidesma in Moths of Australia (Common 1990), may have been a previous name of  Eloasa callidesma
The adult moths of LIMACODIDAE often do not have a proboscis and therefore are not able to eat.
The larvae possibly feed on Eucalyptus (MYRTACEAE).
The adult moths have a red collar just behind the head, just visible in the side photo.

Genus:- Eloasa
Species:- callidesma


Anaxidia lozogramma LIMACODIDAE


The larvae of this species feed on Macadamia (Proteaceae), Dodonaea triquetra (Sapindaceae) and Camellia.

Genus:- Anaxidia
Species:- lozogramma


 Pseudanapaea transvestita LIMACODIDAE (Orange Cup Moth)

Synonym:- Anapaea trigona.
The larvae feed on Eucalyptus (MYRTACEAE).

Genus:- Pseudanapaea
Species:- transvestita