“First described by Walker in 1855 . This species of moth feeds on Acacia and pupates in a cocoon under bark or in a crevice. The males and females are very different. The female is larger with dark grey and white wings and an abdomen striped in grey or white. The male has a wingspan of up to 3cm and has orange and cream wings. Found along the east coast of Australia and Tasmania.” With no common name.
I.D. and further reference courtesy of Don Herbison-Evans. Mike and Pat Coupar and Stella Crossley.
“Moths are buff coloured with dark brown elongated spots on each forewing and light margins. Wingspan around 6cm. Found on Red Ironbark at the wildlife refuge.
I.D. courtesy of Don Herbison-Evans.
Further reference; http://lepidoptera.butterflyhouse.com.au/anth/ocell.html
This butterfly has 2 distinct eye spots which are a defense weapon also used to confuse predators into thinking the eye spots are a target allowing the butterfly to escape with only a small part of the wing missing. Every year during October/November Meadow Argus appear across Sportsman Creek wildlife refuge after escaping the colder winters in southern Australia.