are many different types of moths
Like other Australian insects, they grow fairly large in our warm
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There are over 300 species of tiger months in Australia. They are
known for extensive methods of defence including ultrasound and
producing some natsy chemicals including poison.
Examples of Australian tiger moths include Chamaita barnardi, Amerila
alberti, Creatonotos gangis, Teulisna bipunctata, Nyctemera baulus,
Oeonistis altica, Asura polyspila, Schistophleps obducta, Microstola
ammoscia, Argina repleta, Spilosoma curvata, Manulea dorsalis, Lyclene
pyraula, Schistophleps albida, Heterallactis stenochrysa and Amerila
Hawk Moths are very beautiful in both shapes and colours, and there are
65 species in Australia. They are large, strong fliers, have
airplane-looking bodies, and are mostly found in the tropics of
northern Australia. Examples include Privet Hawk Moth (Psilogramma menephron), Bee Hawk
Moth (Cephonodes kingii), Pale
Brown Hawk Moth (T. latreilla),
and Impatiens Hawk Moth (Theretra
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Hercules moths are the largest ones in Australia. There is only one
species - Coscinocera hercules,
it has a 27cm wingspan, and it is only found in the northern tropical
rainforests of north Queensland, as well as Papua New Guinea.
Gum moths are also large, the most famous one is the Emperor Gum
Moth Opodiphthera eucalypti.
Another common one is White Stemmed
Gum MothChelepteryx collesi.
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are large, heavy and there are 200 species in Australia. Their larvae
are the original witchetty grubs, which used to be an important bush
tucker for Aboriginal people. An example is Wood Moth Endoxyla mackeri.
115 species of cup moths in Australia, and they are mostly known for
their strikingly spectacular and colourful caterpillars. Australian cup
moths include Mottled Cup Moth Doratifera
vulnerans, Four Spotted Cup Moth Doratifera quadriguttata, and
Painted Cup Moth Doratifera oxleyi.
Plume moths are very small and delicate. There are 40 species in
Australia, the examples include Geranium Plume Moth Sphenarches anisodactylus,
Horehound Plume Moth Wheelaria
spilodactylus, and Starfruit Flower Moth Diacrotricha fasciola.
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Loopers is the
types of moths with broad wings and often good camouflage. Their name
comes from their caterpillars, which only have legs in the front and
rare, so their body looks like a loop when they move. Examples include Alloeopage cinerea, Comostola chloragyra, Anisozyga pieroides, Aeolochroma turneri, Pingasa chlora and Problepsis apollinaria.
Case Moths and Bag Moths
Case Moths and Bag Moths are the types of moths whose caterpillars live
in mobile cages made of silk. Examples include Tower Case Moth Lepidoscia arctiella, Faggot Case
Moth Clania ignobilis, Stick
Case Moth Clania lewinii,
Saunders' Case Moth Metura elongatus,
Smooth Case Moth Oiketicus herrichii,
Ribbed Case Moth Hyalarcta nigrescens,
Leaf Case Moth Hyalarcta huebneri.
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