Wednesday 14 March 2018

Oraesia emarginata

Oraesia emarginata CALPINAE EREBIDAE

Was :- Oraesia emarginata CATOCALINAE NOCTUIDAE

This is yet another Fruit Piercing Moth. 
A very pretty moth and most of the photos of it on the internet do not do it justice.
The larval food plants include Cissampelos species (MENISPERMACEAE), and in our case it is most likely to have been Legnephora moorei (Family: MENISPERMACEAE ) known as Round Leaf Vine. If you follow the link on the right hand side of the blog to the Toowoomba Plants blog you can read a bit more about it.

 Family:- EREBIDAE
Sub Family:- CALPINAE
Genus:-  Oraesia
Species:- emarginata


Oxyodes tricolor EREBINAE EREBIDAE

Was:- Oxyodes tricolor CATOCALINAE NOCTUIDAE 0843 on  - 7535

The forewing colouring and pattern are very variable, and so the moth can be difficult to identify.
The most likely larval food plants here are in the SAPINDACEAE family.

Sub Family:- EREBINAE
Genus:- Oxyodes 
Species:- tricolor



  1. That Oraesia is indeed gorgeous. I haven't had the pleasure of finding one on Tamborine Mountain.

  2. Thanks for the comment Nick. It still delights me how close the interaction is between the plants we have on our land and how they are tied to the breeding cycle of these insects. If we don't have the plants we don't get the moths. Don.