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Granny's Cloak Moth

Speiredonia spectans


Granny's Cloak Moth is a species of moth of the Noctuidae family. It is found in the north-east quarter of Australia and Tasmania, but strays have also been recorded on Norfolk Island and in New Zealand. It's a large moth, brownish grey with purplish reflections, eye spots on the forewings and scalloped patterns. From a distance it looks like a normal dark brown moth, but up close it has a delicate pattern and is very translucent. These are large fluttering moths and are often seen in dark places around the house. The wingspan is about 70 mm. Larvae feed on Acacia species of plants, usually wattle.


In the bush, adults roost in hollow trees and caves during daylight. In houses they favour darkened rooms, cupboards, under floorboards, in sheds and garages, etc., and also in stormwater drains.


This one was keeping my cats entertained all night as it fluttered around the house.

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Brisbane, QLD, Australia

Lat: -27.51, Long: 153.02

Spotted on Dec 26, 2017
Submitted on Jan 1, 2018

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