Day Flying Moths
- COSSIDAE, TORTRICIDAE, CASTNIIDAE, CHOREUTIDAE, ZYGAENIDAE and LIMACODIDAE
This page contains pictures and information about Day Flying Moths
Caterpillars that we found in
the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
- The moths in this group we found include serval different families. Most of
them are colourful and active during the day.
Cossidae - Wood Moth and Goat Moth
- Moths in the family Cossidae are from large to very large size. They have
long and narrow wings like those of Hawk
moths. They are mostly brown or grey in colours. The adult moths in this
family do not feed so their mouth parts are largely reduced.
Tortricidae - Leafrollers, Bell Moths
- Tortricidae is the only family in superfamily Tortricoidea. Some member of this family are called Leafrollers because their caterpillars
roll the leaves of their food plant. They are sometimes called Bell Moths
because their adults have the shape of church bell.
- CASTNIIDAE - Sun Moths
- The moths in this family are commonly known as Sun Moths. They fly
actively during the day. They have clubbed antenna but they are not
butterflies. They are medium to large in size. They have dull brown forewings but bright colour hind wings.
- CHOREUTIDAE - Metallica Moths
- Moths in this family are from very small to small in size. They have
simple and short antennal. They usually have
the metallic colours on broad wings and are active during the day. They rest
with their wings raised and curled. They walk with rapid jerky style. If
disturbed, they are readily to take off.
- ZYGAENIDAE - Zygaenoid Moths
- The moths in this family are from small to medium in size. They are usually
in metallic blue, green or black colours. They have thickened antenna.
They are active
during the day.
LIMACODIDAE - Cup Moths
- Cup moth adults have scout and furry bodies with board
wings. They are medium in size. They are usually yellow to brown in colours.
They have smooth head and maxillary palps short or absent. The antenna are
half of the body length and held antenna back along edge of wings when rest. They are
mostly nocturnal although some are thought to be diurnal. They fly
rapidly and erratically.
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of Australia, CSIRO, Division of Entomology, Melbourne University
Press, 2nd Edition 1991, pp 817.
- 2. Insects of Australia and New Zealand - R. J. Tillyard, Angus
& Robertson, Ltd, Sydney, 1926, p396.
- 3. Caterpillars
of Australian Moths - Don Herbison-Evans & Stella Crossley, 2007
- 4. MOTH FAMILIES - Some Australian Moths from South-East Queensland, Ian McMillan, 2006.
- 5. Moths of Australia
- I. F. B. Common, Melbourne University Press, 1990, p174.
- 6. Moths
of Australia - Bernard D'Abrera, Lansdowne Press, Melbourne, 1974.
- 7. Northern
Territory Insects, A Comprehensive Guide CD - Graham Brown, 2009.
- 8. Australian Moths Online - CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences 2011.
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