Moths - Order Lepidoptera
This page contains pictures and information about Bombycoid Moths and Caterpillars
in Superfamily Bombycoidea that we found in
the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
- Moths in this superfamily are large in size with very board wings. Males
have large bipectinate antennae. The caterpillars spin elaborate
- Family Lasiocampidae - Snout Moths
- The Caterpillars of this family are medium to large size. Most have a
pair of dorsal glands on abdomen. Many have flaps of skin overhanging their
prolegs and they like to lie along twigs. The adult moths are large and
stout, have elongated mouth parts.
[ Lasiocampidae ] [ Anthelidae ] [ Eupterotidae ] [ Sphingidae ] [ Unknown Moths and Caterpillars ]
- Family Anthelidae -
Caterpillars are from medium to very large size. They are very hairy. Their
heads are large, and usually have the wearing sunglass look. ANTHELIDAE
moths fly at night. They have stout hairy body and board wings.
Family Eupterotidae - Bag-shelter Moth
- Eupterotidae is a small moth family and not common in Australia. Moths
in this family are medium to large in size with board wings. They are furry
moths with head and body covered with long hairs. Both female and male have
bipectinate antennae. They are active at night.
- Hawk Moth Sphingidae is the only family in superfamily Sphingoidea. Some
references put this family in superfamily Bombycoidea.
- Family Sphingidae -
- Hawk Moths are large size moths. They have the strong and aerodynamic
-shaped body. Their forewings are narrow and long with smaller hind wings.
They are very good flyer. When at rest, they hold their wings on body like a
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of Australia, CSIRO, Division of Entomology, Melbourne University
Press, 2nd Edition 1991, pp 899.
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& Robertson, Ltd, Sydney, 1926, p396.
- 3. Caterpillars
of Australian Moths - Don Herbison-Evans & Stella Crossley, 2007
- 4. MOTH FAMILIES - Some Australian Moths from South-East Queensland, Ian McMillan, 2006.
- 5. Moths of Australia
- I. F. B. Common, Melbourne University Press, 1990.
- 6. Moths
of Australia - Bernard D'Abrera, Lansdowne Press, Melbourne, 1974.
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