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  Magpie Moth (Nyctemera secundiana)





Magpie Moth | Nyctemera secundiana photo
Magpie Moth photographed at night near outdoor lamp

Photograph copyright: ozwildlife - all rights reserved. Used with permission.

Magpie Moth | Nyctemera secundiana photo
Magpie Moth

Photograph copyright: ozwildlife - all rights reserved. Used with permission.



MAGPIE MOTH FACTS

Identification
The Magpie Moth has dark wings with a broad band of large white spots across the fore wings, and large white spots on the rear wings. The abdomen is bright orange yellow and black bands, giving the family common name of Tiger Moth. Male and female look similar apart from different shaped antennae. The caterpillars are hairy with orange bands.

Size
body length 25mm

Habitat
seen around the garden and roadside during daytime and also at night

Food
weed plant known as Thickhead (Cassocephalum crepidiodes).



Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Lepidoptera
Family:Arctiidae
Genus:Nyctemera
Species:secundiana
Common Name:Magpie Moth