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  Boisduval's Autumn Moth (Oenosandra boisduvallii)





Boisduval's Autumn Moth | Oenosandra boisduvallii photo
Oenosandra boisduvalii, Aranda, Australian Capital Territory

Image by Donald Hobern - Some rights reserved.    (view image details)



INSECT FACTS

Identification
Boisduval's Autumn Moth is a species of moth from the Oenosandridae family. The males and females are quite different in colour. The male is fairly drab with black and white thorax and brownish wings specked with black and orange brown. The female is mowe strikingly coloured with white forewings with thick black stripe along the centre of each wing, and white hindwings. The female has orange and black banded abdomen. The caterpillar is grey with reddish brown head, small white spots and sparse white hairs, with indistinct thin yellow bands on back becoming less distinct towards the rear.

Size
wingspan about 5 cm

Habitat
found where there are suitable eucalypt food trees

Food
Boisduval's Autumn Moth larvae feed on eucalypt leaves

Range
Oenosandra boisduvalii is found in southern New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria.



Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Lepidoptera
Family:Oenosandridae
Genus:Oenosandra
Species:boisduvallii
Common Name:Boisduval's Autumn Moth