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Painted Cup Moth -female & eggs

Doratifera oxleyi

Description:

A dark brown cup moth with pale wing margins and dramatic orange tufts on the thorax and a thick abdomen. Wing span is 50 mm. Legs were covered with thick dark hairs.
Antennae were filamentous.
Spotted in the same area were small patches of tufts of brown hairs. These were egg masses covered with the hairs off the females body- Pic 5.

Habitat:

Spotted on building walls under bright lights - camp grounds.

Notes:

Larvae of these moths feed on a variety of eucalyptus leaves. They look similar to that of D.quadriguttata seen here:
http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/164...
but the first instar of D.oxleyi are said to be solitary feeders that make grooves in the leaves while feeding, without destroying them.
http://morwellnp.pangaean.net/cgi-bin/sh...
Family: Limacodidae

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1 Comment

maplemoth662
maplemoth662 a year ago

Five, beautiful photos....

Leuba Ridgway
Spotted by
Leuba Ridgway

Victoria, Australia

Lat: -37.80, Long: 148.54

Spotted on Mar 22, 2018
Submitted on Mar 24, 2018

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