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  Pink Bellied Moth (Oenochroma vinaria)





Pink Bellied Moth | Oenochroma vinaria photo
Pink Bellied Moth

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Pink Bellied Moth | Oenochroma vinaria photo
Pink Bellied Moth

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Pink Bellied Moth | Oenochroma vinaria photo
Pink Bellied Moth - showing off the pink belly

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



PINK BELLIED MOTH FACTS

Identification
The Pink Bellied Moth varies in colour from pink to brown. They have a brown or yellow line across the upper surface of each wing. The forewings curve upwards at the tips. the underside of the wings has a large dark purple blotch under each forewing, and a dark line under each hindwing. Caterpillars are brown with a black band along the back scattered with white dots. There are also pairs of pale spots on the thorax, and abdomen with small horns projecting from the spots.

Size
wingspan 60mm

Food
The larvae feed on various members of the Proteaceae family including Grevillea, Hakea and Banksia.

Breeding
The female lays over 100 pale green oval eggs. The pupa is brown.



Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Lepidoptera
Family:Geometridae
Genus:Oenochroma
Species:vinaria
Common Name:Pink Bellied Moth