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fruit-piercing moth

Scientific Name
Eudocima fullonia
Scientific Author
(Clerck)
Taxonomy
(Lepidoptera: Noctuidae: Catocalinae)
Status
Exotic Species Establishment in Australia
Reliability
High
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Australia: Queensland, Brisbane
Source
Lucinda Gibson & Ken Walker Museums Victoria
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Diagnostic Notes

Adults large and robust moths. Adults have large eyes that glow red when illuminated. Wingspan of almost 10 cm and body stout body. The area behind the head of the moth and the thorax, is pale to purple-brown and the abdomen is pale brown at the base brightening to yellow-orange at the tip. The forewings resemble a leaf by being olive to purple-brown and may have white and green colored flecks (the colored flecks are more common on females). This leaf-like appearance of the forewings makes this moth difficult to see when it is at rest, especially, because the bright hindwings are not visible. The outer edges of the female's forewings are scalloped or toothed where those of the male's are evenly curved. The hindwings are bright orange, have a black comma-shaped mark and are fringed by a black border with white dots.

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Specimen Contact
Museum Victoria
Author
Walker, K.
Created
20/12/2006 05:15 AEST
Last Updated
25/11/2011 10:12 AEST
Citation
Walker, K. (2006) fruit-piercing moth (Eudocima fullonia) Updated on 11/25/2011 10:12:41 AM Available online: PaDIL - http://www.padil.gov.au.
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Free for use under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License

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