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Small Grey Moth - Barasa cymatistis

Family Noctuidae, subfamily NOLINAE

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

Moth wingspan 20mm, just came out from the cocoon next to it. 
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Mar 2008, Karawatha Forest                               Jan 2009, Ford Road Research Area
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Apr 2009, Wishart Bushland, the caterpillar was attacking by a Glossy Shield Bug nymph.  
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Length 30mm 
The caterpillar is common on Brush Box (Lophostemon confertus) leaves in eucalypt forests in Brisbane. We would like to know what is the moth.  On mid Apr 2009,  we found this caterpillar it was cutting out the skip of a dry leaf. We thought it may about to pupate and making a cocoon. 
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We brought the caterpillar home with the dry leaf. Within two days, the caterpillar made a cocoon with silk, which is completely covered with dry leaf skip. This made the cocoon very hard to be seen.  
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The moth came out on early may.  It was a little grey moth with dark patterns. 
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1. Moths of Australia - I. F. B. Common, Melbourne University Press, 1990, p456.
2. Barasa cymatistis (Meyrick, 1889) - Australian Caterpillars, by Don Herbison-Evans & Stella Crossley, 2007.
3. Nolinae, Nolidae - Insects of Townsville, Australia - Graeme Cocks.
4. Images of Barasa cymatistis - All Leps, Barcode of Life, 2006. 
5. Wild Plants of Greater Brisbane -  Queensland Museum, 2003, p206. 
6. Northern Territory Insects, A Comprehensive Guide CD - Graham Brown, 2009. 


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