Sunday, 31 March 2019

White Banded Noctuid Moth


Photographed by Susan from Loire Valley Time Travel. https://tourtheloire.com

This strikingly marked large moth, the White Banded Noctuid Moth Donuca rubropicta is native to south-east Queensland. They are about 50 mm from wing tip to wing tip. Underneath they are a rather lovely and unexpected salmon pink. The markings are thought to resemble a large mouthed predator, meant to scare off birds that might eat them. 

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