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FAMILY : Anthelid Moths

Urticating Anthelid
(Anthela nicothoe)
Urticating Anthelid
The adult Urticating Anthelid moth is varies in colour from grey brown to orange brown. It has pattern of wavy lines parallel to the outer edge of the forewings and hindwings. There are two small black-bordered white spots on each forewing. The male... Click to continue>

FAMILY : Concealer Moths

Common Eupselia Moth
(Eupselia carpocapsella)
Common Eupselia Moth
The Common Eupselia Moth is a greyish brown colour. The forewings are greying with darker grey brown neat the tips. Their is a dark semicircular patch on the inner edge of each forewing. The hindwings are yellowish near the base and black on the... Click to continue>
Fruit Tree Borer
(Maroga melanostigma)
Fruit Tree Borer
The Fruit Tree Borer is an agricultural pest of various species of fruit trees. The adult moth has white forewings with a black dot near the centre of each wing. The hind wings are grey. The abdomen is black above with yellow bands and a yellow tip.... Click to continue>
Concealer Moth
(Oecophoridae family sp1)
Concealer Moth
subfamily Strathmopodinae. This Concealer Moth is gold and silvery-grey with long antennae. Click to continue>
Oecophorid moth
(Oecophoridae family sp2)
Oecophorid moth
This Concealer Moth has two tone wings. The front half of the forewings are yellow edged with silvery grey. The back half of the wings are straw brown colour. Click to continue>
Oecophorid moth
(Oecophoridae family sp3)
Oecophorid moth
The head is yellowish. The body is speckled brown and white, with heavier speckling on the back half of the wings. Click to continue>
Oecophorine moth
(Oecophoridae family )
Oecophorine moth
Oecophorine moth Click to continue>

FAMILY : Cosmopterigid Moths

Cosmopterigid moth
(Cosmopterigidae family )
Cosmopterigid moth
This small Cosmopterigid moth looks like a tiny twig. It holds its antennae against its long thin body. It is cream and tan coloured with smooth scales and a fringes of longer scales at the wing tips. The legs are black and white. Click to continue>

FAMILY : Cossid Moths

Witchetty Grub
(Endoxyla leucomochla)
Witchetty Grub
The caterpillars of the moth are known as "witchetty grubs", and were used as food by the indigenous Australians. The caterpillar is white and cylindrical with a brown head, and looks like a fat grub. The caterpillar feeds underground and pupates... Click to continue>

FAMILY : Diamondback Moths

Diamondback moth
(Plutella xylostella)
Diamondback moth
The Diamondback Moth has long narrow forewings with the tips turned upwards. It has a zigzag band of cream or light brown along the trailing edge of the forewings. When the wings are closed, these markings form three light coloured diamonds along... Click to continue>

FAMILY : Emperor Moths

Emperor Gum Moth
(Opodiphthera eucalypti)
Emperor Gum Moth
The Emperor Gum Moth is a striking native Australian moth. The moth is variable in colour, and may be reddish brown, brown or greyish brown. Their is a small eye spot on the forewings and large reddish orange eye spot with black border on each... Click to continue>
Helena Gum Moth
(Opodiphthera helena)
Helena Gum Moth
The Helena Gum Moth is an attractive large moth from eastern Australia with a wingspan of about 15 cm. The forewings are reddish brown with slightly darker eye spot in the centre. The hindwings have larger and bolder eye spot wing black circular... Click to continue>
Emperor Moth
(Syntherata janetta)
Emperor Moth
This large emperor moth comes in various colour forms - they can be yellow, orange, pinkish-brown, grey or brick-red. Click to continue>

FAMILY : Gelechiid Moths

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(Dichomeris acuminatus)
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The adult moths have pale yellow brown forewings, with dark markings. The antennae are held along the wings when at rest, and are nearly as long as the wings. Click to continue>
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(Gelechiidae family )
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Gelechiid moth are small with smooth scales and a narrow head. The palpi are upturned and sharp-pointed in a sickle shape. Click to continue>
Gelechiid Moth
(Stegasta variana)
Gelechiid Moth
This Gelechiid Moth has dark brown forewings, with white and orange markings. Click to continue>

FAMILY : Herminiid Moths

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(Adrapsa ablualis)
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The adult Adrapsa ablualis moth is brown with a white mark on each forewing, and a white line across each forewing. Click to continue>
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(Hydrillodes sp)
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Moths in the genus Hydrillodesare fairly drab coloured. This one is brown with a broad lighter brown band across the forewings. There is a dark spot on each forewing. There are a number of similar species that cannot be distinguished from... Click to continue>
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(Simplicia caeneusalis)
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The adult Simplicia caeneusalis moth is brown with a straight white line across the margin of each forewing. There is a curved white line along the margin of each hindwing. At rest it forms an equilateral triangle shape. Click to continue>

FAMILY : Leafrollers, Bell Moths

Cotton Tip Worm
(Crocidosema plebejana)
Cotton Tip Worm
The adult Cotton Tip Worm moth is pale brown and white with a marbled pattern. The ends of the wings have a corrugated look with two small thin yellow stripes near the tips of the forewings. Click to continue>
Ivy Leafroller
(Cryptoptila immersana)
Ivy Leafroller
The Ivy Leafroller is a brown moth mottled with shades of brown and grey. Females have bolder pattern of dark brown and light brown patches, while males are more plain brown. Females are larger than males. When at rest, the wings are held curved... Click to continue>
Codling Moth
(Cydia pomonella)
Codling Moth
The Codling Moth originated in Europe and is a serious horticultural pest of fruit trees. The adult moth is dull grey or brown with fine mottled pattern and dark copper brown band at the wing tips. Larvae are white with black heads, becoming pinkish... Click to continue>
Light Brown Apple Moth
(Epiphyas postvittana)
Light Brown Apple Moth
Adult moths have orange brown forewings with dark brown markings. The back half of the forewing is dark brown in males, while females have much smaller brown patch. The hindwings are light brown. When at rest the forewings cover the hindwings. This... Click to continue>
Orange Fruit Borer
(Isotenes miserana)
Orange Fruit Borer
The Orange Fruit Borer moth is variable in colour and pattern. They are light grey, with darker brown or grey markings and speckles on the forewings. The caterpillar is brown on top and light grey underneath, with a dark brown head capsule and a... Click to continue>
Leafroller Moth
(Tortricidae family )
Leafroller Moth
Leafroller Moths are small moths in the Tortricidae family. There may be several species shown on this page. They are all mainly brown with greyish markings near the tail. The hind wings are curved giving a corrugated appearance. If you can identify... Click to continue>


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