Notodontid Moths
Gum Notodontid Moth
Banksia Notodontid Moth
Wattle Notodontid Moth
Processionary Caterpillar 
Brown Ring Epicoma Moth
Yellow Spot Epicoma Moth
Common Epicoma Moth
Black Spot Moth
White Epicoma Moth
Sparshalli Moth
Unknown Notodontid


Prominents - Subfamily Notodontinae

Family Notodontidae 

This page contains pictures and information about moths and caterpillars in subfamily Notodontinae that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
Caterpillar displaying eyespots                              
Most Caterpillars of  Notodontinae will raise their head and/or tail when disturbed, some will display the eye-spots. Some of them are hairy but some are smooth with few spines. They are usually colourful and actively feeding during the day. Most of them feed on leaves.  
The adult moths in this subfamily are from medium to large size, with stout body. The head, thorax and legs are often covered with long hair. The fore wing is usually elongated-triangular form. The hind wing is round and much shorter than the fore wing. They rest their fore wings folded roof-wise above the abdomen, with fore wings cover entirely the hind wings. They are active at night.
There are two subfamilies in Notodontidae, the NOTODONTINAE and the THAUMETOPOEINAE. The adult moths are similar in the two subfamilies but the eggs and caterpillars are very different.  

Gum Notodontid Moth
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Destolmia lineata, caterpillar body length 40mm
This caterpillar is green in colour with yellow lines along each side of its body. Its head is pale brown in colour. This caterpillar raised its head when disturbed, so we knew it is in this Notodontidae family. We did not found the adult moth yet. Please visit this page for more pictures. 
Banksia Notodontid Moth
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Psalidostetha banksiae (Danima banksiae), caterpillar length 50mm
The caterpillar can be found feeding on Grevillea, Hakea and Banksia. We found quite a number of them on one plant in Alexandra Hill during late summer. When disturbed, the caterpillar raised its head as the above pictures. We brought two home and try to raise them and see how the adult moth look like. Check this page for the details.
Wattle Notodontid Moth
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Neola semiaurata, caterpillar body length 40mm
We found this caterpillar feeding on wattle leaf in Karawatha Forest during late summer. The caterpillar is pinkish-brown in colour, covered with sparse short hairs. As other caterpillars in this family, when disturbed, the caterpillar raised its head. Near its end, there are a pair of eye spots which can open and close. Please visit this page for more pictures and information. 

1. NOTODONTIDAE of Australia - Don Herbison-Evans & Stella Crossley, 2011. 
2. Moths of Australia - I. F. B. Common, Melbourne University Press, 1990, p417.
3. Moths of Australia - Bernard D'Abrera, Lansdowne Press, Melbourne, 1974, p70.
4. A Guide to Australian Moths - Paul Zborowski, Ted Edwards, CSIRO PUBLISHING, 2007, p173. 


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