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Unknown Tiger Moth Caterpillars


Lydia Lichen Moth - Asura lydia

Family Arctiidae 

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

Body length 20mm, Dec 2008, Karawatha Forest
Species in the subfamily LITHOSIINAE are commonly called Lichen Moth. They are black in colour with orange-yellow patterns.
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From reference information, the caterpillars have dense hair, may be found under log or on ground. They feed on litter or lichens.
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Many tiger moths are looked similar in this shape and pattern, they are part of the Muellerian mimicry complex that includes wasps, files, beetles and moths. Most species in this complex are distasteful but some are eatable. 
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This moth is common in Brisbane bushes. 
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Feb 2008, Karawatha Forest
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May 2008, Buhot Creek 

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1. Moths of Australia - Bernard D'Abrera, Lansdowne Press, Melbourne, 1974, p73.
2. Moths - family by Nick Monaghan, 2007.
3. Moths of Australia - I. F. B. Common, Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl.18.12, 31.3. 
4. A Guide to Australian Moths - Paul Zborowski, Ted Edwards, CSIRO PUBLISHING, 2007, p183.
5. Moths of Victoria: part two, Tiger moths and allies Noctuoidea (A) - Peter Marriott, Entomological Society of Victoria, 2009, p22.


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