Larvae: Black one with others
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)|
|Order:||Butterflies & Moths (Lepidoptera)|
|Family:||Tuft Moth (:Noctuoidea Nolidae)|
|Species:||Gumleaf Skeletoniser (Uraba lugens)|
|This Photo:||Larvae: Different sizes|
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), the Adelaide Hills and elsewhere
The main diagnostic features of the larvae are: Small (around 4mm), very hairy (long), 4 rows of yellow dots and they eat / live on the surfaces of gum leaves
Very variable skin colour; as can be seen. As well as orange or black heads.
The adults have a distinctive, mid-wing, horizontal line that separates them from any close relatives.
They are generally a dull (ie not shiny) looking grey moth, with males & females looking similar.
Males have bipectinate antennae, with females having filiform.
Note the various scale tufts on the female's wings. In fact much of the mid-wing line look raised. These are also present on the male, just weren't as visible in our photo's.
We have photographed 4 adult species (3 males at Ellura in Nov & a female in March in the Adelaide Hills).