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Tricolour Noctuid Moth - Oxyodes tricolor

Family Noctuidae

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

Wingspan 30mm
The moths are pale brown on colour. There are the white dots, resemble eye-spots pattern on their front wings. The pattern is vary a lot among individuals. Some are even have the white line across their wings. The hidden hind wings are half orange-yellow and half black, normally covered.  
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This moth was hiding under the plants materials on the forest floor during the day in Alexandra Hill. We noticed that this moth likes to rest on tree trunk half a meter above ground during the day time. 
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Their caterpillars are black in colour with a black head and orange-yellow prolegs. They feed on different fruit trees, such as Lychee and cocoa, so sometimes they are considered as pest. 
Here we like to thank Graeme Cocks from Townsville who sent us email and advise the ID of this species. He also advised that "We had a large quantity in our garden here in Townsville in late March this year (2004). An extremely variable species."

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Last updated: April 23, 2005.