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Moths, belong to the Order Lepidoptera. We have over 22,000 species of moth in Australia, with over 600 species already recorded within the Atlas of Budawang Coast region. 

When taking photos of moths, it is most helpful to obtain images of both the upperside (dorsal) view of the wings, in addition to the underside (ventral) view of the wings. This makes the identification process much easier for some of the hard-to-identify species. 

Moths are the adult stage of the life cycle (so it’s important to note that if you see a small moth, it is not going to grow into a larger one, it will stay the same size!). Adult moths are the life stage responsible for the reproduction and dispersal of the species; the females lay eggs singly or in clusters on or near the larval food plant; these eggs then hatch into larvae (caterpillars) which are the life stage responsible for eating and growing; these then form a pupa (chrysalis) where the larval stage transforms into the adult moth. Some species will overwinter as eggs, or as larvae, or as pupae. Some species are migratory and do not overwinter here at all, and some species are only occasional vagrants to our area.

Further Info: http://www.csiro.au/en/Research/Collections/ANIC/ID-Resources/Australian-Moths-Online

Page 1 of Moths - 847 species

Oecophoridae Acanthodela erythrosema (Acanthodela erythrosema)

Acanthodela erythrosema Photo Donald Hobern
Acanthodela erythrosema
Acanthodela erythrosema
Acanthodela erythrosema

Noctuidae and Erebidae Acatapaustus leucospila (Acatapaustus leucospila)

Acatapaustus leucospila Photo Graeme Cocks (ALA)
Acatapaustus leucospila

Pyralidae and Crambidae Acentropinae sp. (Marsh moth)

Noctuidae and Erebidae Achaea janata (Castor Semi-looper)

Achaea janata Kerry Vance, Tathra
Achaea janata

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Pyralidae and Crambidae Achyra affinitalis (Cotton Web Spinner)

Oecophoridae Acmotoma magniferella (Acmotoma magniferella)

Oecophoridae Acmotoma sp. (Acmotoma sp.)

Oecophoridae Acolasta scolia (Acolasta scolia)

Oecophoridae Acolasta sp. (Acolasta sp.)

Noctuidae and Erebidae Acontia nivipicta (Acontia nivipicta)

Acontia nivipicta Photo Donald Hobern (ALA)
Acontia nivipicta

Hawk moths (Sphingidae) Acosmeryx anceus (Acosmeryx anceus)

Acosmeryx anceus Photo ALA cc
Acosmeryx anceus

Other micromoths Acrocercops eupetala (Acrocercops eupetala)

Other micromoths Acrocercops laciniella (Acrocercops laciniella)

Other micromoths Acrocercops ophiodes (Acrocercops ophiodes)

Tortricidae Acroceuthes metaxanthana (Acroceuthes metaxanthana)

Acroceuthes metaxanthana Photo Donald Hobern (ALA)
Acroceuthes metaxanthana

Tortricidae Acropolitis excelsa (Acropolitis excelsa)

Acropolitis excelsa Photo ALA cc
Acropolitis excelsa

Tortricidae Acropolitis hedista (Acropolitis hedista)

Other Moth Families Acropolitis rudisana (Acropolitis rudisana)

Acropolitis rudisana image by Steve Williams
Acropolitis rudisana

Tortricidae Acropolitis sp. (Acropolitis sp.)

Noctuidae and Erebidae Acyphas sp. (genus) (An Erebid Moth)

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