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Common Epicoma Moth - Epicoma melanosticta

Family Notodontidae 

This page contains pictures and information about Common Epicoma Moths that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.

Male, wingspan 30mm 
This is the male Common Epicoma Moth. It has the white forewings each has a dark brown patch with yellow spot centre on a brown diagonal line. Its head and legs are hairy.
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Female is dark brown instead of white.
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The caterpillars are dark brown and hairy. They feed at night on Myrtaceae leaves. They feed in group when young. Later instars are solitary. 

Captured by Jumping Spider 

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Once we found the moth get caught by a Wattle Jumping Spider Sandalodes scopifer. When we came closer have a look, the spider drop the moth and ran away. The moth was motionless anyway.

1. Epicoma melanosticta  - Australia Moths Online, 2007.
2. Epicoma melanosticta (Donovan, 1805) - Don Herbison-Evans & Stella Crossley, 2005.
3. Moths of Australia - I. F. B. Common, Melbourne University Press, 1990, plate17.11.
4. Epicoma melanosticta - Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust, 2011.

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Last updated: October 06, 2011.