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  Crexa Moth (Genduara punctigera)





Crexa Moth | Genduara punctigera photo
Genduara punctigera

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

Crexa Moth | Genduara punctigera photo
Genduara punctigera

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



CREXA MOTH FACTS

Identification
The female Crexa Moth is a stocky moth with long white hair on the thorax and end of the abdomen. The forewings are brown with grey and white flecks. There is a narrow scalloped band about two thirds down the wing, and a border of faint dark oval marking near the outer edge. There is a dark eye shaped marking on the centre of the forewing. The males are quite different in appearance having similar body shape but unusual transparent wings with few scales. The caterpillar is greyish brown and hairy with small red spots on the thorax and pale yellow spots on the back. The caterpillar rests during the day flattened on the stem of the food plant. It pupates amongst the foliage of the food plan.

Size
wingspan about 50mm. Caterpillar length to 50mm

Food
The caterpillar feeds on Native Cherry (Exocarpus cupressiformis).

Range
The Crexa Moth is found in New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia.



Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Lepidoptera
Family:Lasiocampidae
Genus:Genduara
Species:punctigera
Common Name:Crexa Moth