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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.

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Page 1 of 883 species

Abantiades hyalinatus (Mustard Ghost Moth)

Abantiades hyalinatus Photo ALA cc
Abantiades hyalinatus Wonboyn, NSW
Abantiades hyalinatus road to Baycliff, Wonboyn, NSW
Abantiades hyalinatus
Abantiades hyalinatus
Abantiades hyalinatus

Abantiades labyrinthicus (Labyrinthine Ghost Moth)

Abantiades labyrinthicus Wonboyn, NSW
Abantiades labyrinthicus
Abantiades labyrinthicus
Abantiades labyrinthicus
Abantiades labyrinthicus
Abantiades labyrinthicus

Acanthodela erythrosema (Acanthodela erythrosema)

Acanthodela erythrosema Photo Donald Hobern
Acanthodela erythrosema
Acanthodela erythrosema
Acanthodela erythrosema

Acatapaustus leucospila (Acatapaustus leucospila)

Acatapaustus leucospila Photo Graeme Cocks (ALA)
Acatapaustus leucospila

Acentropinae sp. (Marsh moth)

Achaea janata (Castor Semi-looper)

Achaea janata Kerry Vance, Tathra
Achaea janata

Achyra affinitalis (Cotton Web Spinner)

Acmotoma magniferella (Acmotoma magniferella)

Acmotoma sp. (Acmotoma sp.)

Acolasta scolia (Acolasta scolia)

Acolasta sp. (Acolasta sp.)

Acontia nivipicta (Acontia nivipicta)

Acontia nivipicta Photo Donald Hobern (ALA)
Acontia nivipicta

Acosmeryx anceus (Acosmeryx anceus)

Acosmeryx anceus Photo ALA cc
Acosmeryx anceus

Acrocercops eupetala (Acacia decurrens Leafminer (Gracillariidae))

Acrocercops laciniella (Blackbutt Leafminer (Gracillariidae))

Acrocercops ophiodes (Acrocercops ophiodes)

Acroceuthes metaxanthana (Acroceuthes metaxanthana)

Acroceuthes metaxanthana Photo Donald Hobern (ALA)
Acroceuthes metaxanthana

Acropolitis excelsa (Acropolitis excelsa)

Acropolitis excelsa Photo ALA cc
Acropolitis excelsa

Acropolitis hedista (Acropolitis hedista)

Acropolitis rudisana (Acropolitis rudisana)

Acropolitis rudisana image by Steve Williams
Acropolitis rudisana

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