AGARISTINAE in Australia
Day-Flying Moths, Whistling Moths
NOCTUIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
  
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

AGARISTINAE

caterpillars
  
AGARISTINAE

pupae
  
AGARISTINAE

moths
  
AGARISTINAE

undersides
  
AGARISTINAE

forewings

Sometimes this is listed as a family AGARISTIDAE, but here, following Nielsen et al., we list it as a sub-family of NOCTUIDAE.

The Caterpillars of members of AGARISTINAE are distinguished by their bright colours, and their habit of feeding exposed in daytime. Many Caterpillars have a brightly coloured dorsal hump. The distinctive markings suggest that they are protected by warning ( aposematic ) coloration. The pupa is usually formed in the soil without a cocoon. The adults are called "Day Moths" because they fly in daylight hours. In this way they differ from most other moths. The adult moths themselves are distinctively marked in black and white, and may too be protected by aposematic coloration.

The 42 named Australian species in AGARISTINAE are:

Agarista agricola : Joseph's Coat Moth

Agaristodes feisthamelii : Alpine Day-moth

Apina callisto : Pasture Day-moth

Argyrolepidia aequalis
Argyrolepidia fractus
Argyrolepidia thoracophora

Burgena varia

Coenotoca subaspersa : Rainforest Vine Day-moth
Coenotoca unimacula

Comocrus behri : Mistletoe Day-moth

Cremnophora angasii : Crimson Beauty

Cruria donowani : Crow or Donovan's Day-moth
Cruria epicharita
Cruria kochii
Cruria latifascia
Cruria synopla : Forest Day-moth
Cruria tropica

Eutrichopidia latinus : Yellow-banded Day-moth

Hecatesia fenestrata : Common Whistling Moth
Hecatesia exultans : Small Whistling Moth
Hecatesia thyridion : Southern Whistling Moth

  • Idalima aethrias
    Idalima affinis : Eastern Speckled Day-moth
    Idalima leonora
  • Idalima metasticta
  • Idalima tasso

    Ipanica cornigera : Laced Day-moth

  • Leucogonia cosmopis
    Leucogonia ekeikei

    Mimeusemia centralis

  • Mimeusemia econia
  • Mimeusemia simplex

    Periopta ardescens
    Periopta diversa

    Periscepta butleri
    Periscepta polysticta : Spotted Day-moth

    Phalaenoides glycinae : Vine Day-moth
    Phalaenoides tristifica : Willow-herb Day-moth

    Platagarista macleayi : Macleay's Day-moth

    Radinocera maculosus
    Radinocera vagata

    Zalissa catocalina
    Zalissa pratti

  • Zalissa stichographa

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    (written 29 March 2015, updated 21 December 2018)