- This page contains pictures and information about White Banded Moths - Genus
Donuca that we
found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
- Eye spot pattern on wing
- In this page we put those moths in subfamily CATOCALINAE with large eyespots
pattern on wings. This includes the genus
Donuca and some others.
- The moths in this genus
Donuca are large in size. They have the common name White Band Moth. As their common name implied,
most of them have the white band across wings. They also have a large eye spot
on each forewing. The bright orange coloured abdomen is covered by wings when
rest, only be seen during flight.
- We noticed that these White Banded Moths like to rest on large trunk about
half a meter about ground during the day, usually where are not far away from
the creek. When disturbed, they suddenly open their wings, show the bright
colour abdomen and quickly fly away.
- Not much is known about their caterpillars.
- Granny's Cloak Moth
- Speiredonia spectans, wingspan 70mm
- This moth sometimes found hiding inside building at a dark corner during the
day. They rest with their wings outspread and stay close to the surface. There
are two sets of eye patterns on wings. The patterns of hind wing is continuous
with that of the fore wing. Please check this page
for more information.
Genus Donuca - White Banded Moths
- Zigzag White Banded Noctuid
- Donuca lanipes, wingspan 60mm
- Jan 2008, we saw this large spectacular moth in Karawatha Forest She-Oak area. It
was resting near the base of a large but dead tree trunk. We only found this
moth once. Please check this page for more
- Tooth White Banded Noctuid
- Donuca orbigera, wingspan
- This White Banded Noctuid Moths are quite common in the Alexandra Hill
Bushland and Karawatha Forest during late summer. In day time they hide among grasses or on tree
trunk near the ground. When disturbed, they quickly fly away to another spot
few meters away. They have the eye-spots and teeth pattern on the upper side
of their wings, resemble a big mouth predator. More pictures and information
please visit this page.
- Double White Banded Noctuid
- Donuca rubropicta, wingspan 70mm
- This moth is brown in colour with bright red abdomen. There are the eye
marks on both forewings. There are two white strips across the forewings and
hind wings. We found a few times this moth hiding on a tree trunk near the floor during
the day. More information and pictures please click on here.
- Brown White Banded Noctuid
- Donuca castalia, wingspan
- This moth is dark brown in colour. Although it does not have the white band,
it is in Donuca genus and we still call it White Banded Moth. There are the eyespot
marks on both forewings. Please check this page
for more pictures and information.
- Erebus Moth
- Erebus terminitincta, wingspan 100mm
is one of the largest moth we had even seen. We saw this moth once during late summer in Yugarapul
Park, while we were looking for dragonflies on Bulimba Creek. The moth was
hiding at the overhanging bank of the creek. The moth flied with a slow and fluttering pattern.
Click here for more information and pictures.
- 1. Insects
of Australia, CSIRO, Division of Entomology, Melbourne University
Press, 2nd Edition 1991, p912.
- 2. Moths
of Australia - I. F. B. Common, Melbourne University Press,
- 3. CATOCALINAE
in Australia - Don Herbison-Evans & Stella Crossley, 2007.
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