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Moths and descriptions for Sportsman Creek Conservation Area

With a wingspan of around 3cm  this brown moth Pantydia metaspila ( no common name) is found in Fiji, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Taiwan, Queensland and now northern New South Wales. “Adult moths are brown, with a thin submarginal line accompanied by some black spots on each forewing.” It also displayed a similar profile to a Wolf Spider.

I.D. courtesy of Don Herbison-Evans

Reference courtesy of  Don Herbison-Evans and Stella Crossley.

Further reading http://lepidoptera.butterflyhouse.com.au/cato/metaspila.html

Circopetes obtusata moth with no common name is found across most states of Australia. The abdomen of the moth is often held twisted to one side. This makes the moth less obvious to predators.The caterpillar is a looper-type.

I.D. courtesy of Don Herbison-Evans.

Further reference – http:lepidoptera.butterflyhouse.com.au/chro/obtusat.html

“The adult moths of this species are varied in their colours, from an earthy grey to rich deep green, with a complex pattern of zigzag lines. The underside is pale brown, with a broad dark marginal band and a dark central spot on each wing”. With a wingspan of 45mm and body length of 25mm the green colours fade rapidly when the moth dies. With no common name, a new find on the wildlife refuge.

I.D. courtesy of Don Herbison-Evans.

Reference courtesy of Don Herbison-Evans, Donna Crossley and Peter Marriott.


The caterpillars are an agricultural pest feeding on Oats and Sugarcane. The caterpillars are pale green or yellow, with two black bands behind the thorax. They are missing a pair of ventral prolegs and so move in a looper fashion. They pupate in a twisted leaf.

I.D. and references courtesy of Don Herbison- Evans and Stella Crossley.

Further reading -http:// www.lepidoptera.butterflyhouse.com.au/cato/frugal.html.

This species of moth is believed to feed on She Oak (Allocasuarina) species and comes from a large family of Wooly Bear Moths. Found on the wildlife refuge.

I.D. courtesy of  Chris Hosking.  Interpretive Officer, Australian Museum.

Caterpillars go through three instar stages and the adult moth has a wingspan of up to 7cm. Body is brown and cigar-shaped, the hindwings are red edged with black. A first time sighting for the wildlife refuge. (No Common Name)

This species is found over the Western Pacific, Fiji, New Caledonia and the whole of Australia.

I.D. courtesy of Don-Herbison Evans.

Reference courtesy Don Herbison-Evans and Donna Crossley.

Further reading; http://lepidoptera.butterflyhouse.com.au/sphi/scrofa.html

No Common Name.

Side image of the moth of  the Processionary Caterpillar. The hairs can cause skin rashes in sensitive people.

An unidentified cream and dark brown moth of around 10mm wingspan displaying Face-Mimicry.

A new sighting for Sportsman Creek wildlife refuge. “First described by Donovan in 1805 and found in Qld, N.S.W. and W.A. The head, thorax and wing in the adult are basically white. The forewings each have a red and black line along the costa and often have straight black lines radiating from the base. The hindwings have a number of black spots. The abdomen is usually red, but can be yellow with a black mark on top of each segment”.

I.D. and reference courtesy of Don Herbison-Evans.

Further reading; http://lepidoptera.butterflyhouse.com.au/arct/margin.html

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