Moths - Superfamily
This page contains pictures and information about Moths in superfamily
NOCTUOIDEA that we found in
the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
- Half of the moths and caterpillars that we found are in this super family
NOCTUOIDEA. They are further classified to family level and listed as follow.
Notodontidae - Processionary Caterpillars, Prominent Moths
Caterpillars of NOTODONTIDAE will raise their head and/or tail
when disturbed. Some of them are hairy but some are smooth with few spines. The
caterpillars are usually colourful and active during the day. The
adult moths in this family are active at night.
- Family Lymantriidae -
- Their Caterpillars are also hairy, often with four distinct
tussocks of hair on their back make them look like a toothbrush. Moths in this family are small to medium size with hairy body.
their board wings like roots over their abdomen at rest.
- Family Arctiidae - Tiger Moths
- Most Caterpillars of the ARCTIIDAE are covered in dense
dark hairs. The caterpillars are small to
The adults usually have
bright warning colour patterns, which are spotted in red, orange, black or
white. Their abdomen usually striped with black and yellow-red colour.
- Family Aganaidae -
- This family is very closely related with family Arctiidae and
sometimes put as its sub-family.
- Family Noctuidae -
Noctuid Moths, Armyworms, Semi-Loppers, Owlet Moths
- Their Caterpillars are usually smooth
or with little hairs. They are from small to large size. The adults mainly fly at night. They usually feed on
nectar from flowers or ripe fruit. Most are dull in colour, but some have colourful hindwings.
- Here we would like to thank Don Herbison-Evans for his
kindly advices on the identity of some caterpillars and adults in our web site.
Caterpillars web site is our major reference.
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