Species from the Lepidoptera order

Family: Various

Order: Lepidoptera


Day or night flying.
Colour - Usually dull.
Body - Long hair scales.
Wings - 2 Pairs. Membranous. Hairy. Wing-span up to 200 mm
Mouthparts -
Antennae - 3 segments.
Legs - Broad overlapping scales. Feet (Tarsi) have 5 segments.
Head - Broad overlapping scales. Large rounded compound eyes. Thorax - Broad overlapping scales. 3 segments. Front segment much smaller. Hairy
Abdomen - Broad overlapping scales. 7-11 segments. Spiracles on segments 1-7. Hairy
Egg - Various.
Habits - Can't fly when cold.
Caterpillar -
Colour - various
Body -
Mouthparts - Chewing.
Antennae - Short. 3 segments.
Legs - 5 segments.
Head - Usually Hard.
Thorax - 10-11 segments. Spiracles on segments 1 to 8.
Abdomen -
Habits -
Pupa -


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The adult moth rarely causes damage. During dense flights they may physically block air conditioning vents and ducts, radiators, interfere with lights and generally be a nuisance. Various moth caterpillars are major pest of many plants.

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Related Species:

Armyworms, Cutworms, Loopers, Budworm, Webworms, Leafrollers.

Similar Species:



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