Day Moths 
Wattle Goat Moth
Dog-faced Bell Moth
Mottled Bell Moth
Hopper-mimicking Moth
Golden Brown Leafroller
Leafroller Caterpillars
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Golden Metalmark Moth
Metallica Moth 
Forester Moths
Wattle Cup Caterpillar
Mottled Cup Moth
Black Slug Cup Moth
Four-spotted Cup Moth  
Green Slug Caterpillar  
Fern Cup Moth  
Unknown in this Group


Metalmark Moths - Family Choreutidae

Order Lepidoptera 

This page contains pictures and information about Metalmark Moths in family Choreutidae that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
Moths in this family are from very small to small in size. They have simple and short antennal. They usually have the metallic colours on broad wings and are active during the day. They rest with their wings raised and curled. They walk with rapid jerky style. If disturbed, they are readily to take off.
The caterpillars feed on leaves in silky shelter, although some are leaf-miner, seed feeder and some are stem borers. They pupate in complex silk cocoon on leaf of food plant.    

Golden Metalmark Moth
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Choreutis ophiosema , body length 10mm
We often found this Golden Metalmark Moth on the leaves of the fig tree in our backyard a few times. Please check this page for more information.
Metallica Moth
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Choreutis metallica, body length 8mm
Picture taken in Botanic Garden on Feb 2010. The moth was walking around on the leaf during the day. Please check this page for more information. 

1. Moths of Australia - I. F. B. Common, Melbourne University Press, 1990, p290.
2. A Guide to Australian Moths - by Paul Zborowski and Ted Edwards, Published by. CSIRO PUBLISHING, 2007, p109.
3. Choreutidae - Insects of Townsville, Australia - Graeme Cocks, 2004.
4. Moths - family Choreutidae -
5. CHOREUTIDAE of Australia - Australian Caterpillars, Don Herbison-Evans & Stella Crossley.

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