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Semi-looper Moths - Subfamily CATOCALINAE

Family Noctuidae

This page contains pictures and information about Semi-looper Moths that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
Typical  Semi-Looper Caterpillar
The caterpillars in Catocalinae are usually smooth-skinned and lack of hairs. They are long and slender. Some of them have prolegs of segments 3, or 3 and 4 reduced and known as semi-looper. They move in looping action.  

Tricolour Noctuid Moth
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Oxyodes tricolor, wingspan 30mm
This moth was hiding under the plants materials on the forest floor during the day. There are the white dots pattern on their front wings. The pattern is very different 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 by forewings. Click here for more pictures and information.

Cotton Semi-looper Moth
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Anomis flava, body length 20mm
This moth can be found in summer in our backyard on the Hibiscus plants. The moth is golden yellow in colour with brown pattern. The caterpillar is green with white bands between segments. The caterpillar move in looper style, although it is not in GEOMETRIDAE family. Please click on here for more information.
Yellow Banded Semi-looper Moth
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Anomis combinans, length 40mm
The caterpillar is greyish-green in colour with yellow bands on black stript. The head is pink in colour. On the same plant we find the above pupa. We believed they are the same species. Please check this page for more information.

Clubbed-hair Semi-looper
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Homodes bracteigutta, length 30mm
Mar 2008, Bulimba Creek near Wishart. From reference information, this caterpillar associates with ants of genus Oecophylla Formicinae. The moth is medium size and reddish brown in colour, which we did not found one yet. Please check this page for more information.
Orange-brown Wave Moth
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Homodes sp., wingspan 25mm 
We found this moth outside our house. This moth came to our house attracted by the window lights. The moth looked like moth in family Geometridae. Initially we put this moth in this page. Please also check this page for more information.
1. CATOCALINAE in Australia - Australian Caterpillars, by Don Herbison-Evans & Stella Crossley, 20011. 

Brown Noctuid Moth
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Ericeia sobria, wingspan 40mm
We found those dark brown moths and light brown moths with the slightly different patterns in our backyard, 2002. Check this page for more information.
Common Brown Noctuid Moth
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Diatenes aglossoides, wingspan 40mm
The Moths is dark brown with complex pattern wings. We found it rested on the wall outside our house from time to time. Caterpillar feeds on Acacia, pupates on hole or under loose bark of host tree. Check this page for more information.
Poinciana Looper Moth
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Pericyma cruegeri, wingspan 40mm
The moth is brown in colour, with complex pattern of lines and patches. The moth is attracted to window light. We took the above pictures on the wall and fence outside our house. Caterpillar is a semi-looper and pale green in colour, feeds on Poinciana (Delonix regia). Please check this page for more information.

Discolor Noctuid Moth
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Avatha discolor, Catocalinae, wingspan 25mm 
This moth is brown in colour with dark brown patterns. The patterns vary between individuals. The caterpillar is thin and like to rest along the edge of leaves. Please also check this page.

1. Insects of Australia, CSIRO, Division of Entomology, Melbourne University Press, 2nd Edition 1991, p912.  
2. Moths of Australia - I. F. B. Common, Melbourne University Press, 1990, p448.
3. CATOCALINAE in Australia - Don Herbison-Evans & Stella Crossley, 2007. 

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