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

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

    Apina callisto : Pasture Day Moth

    Argyrolepidia aequalis
    Argyrolepidia fractus

  • Argyrolepidia thoracophora

    Burgena varia

    Coenotoca subaspersa
    Coenotoca unimacula

    Comocrus behri : Mistletoe Moth

    Cremnophora angasii

    Cruria donowani

  • Cruria epicharita
    Cruria kochii
  • Cruria latisfascia
    Cruria synopla
    Cruria tropica

    Eutrichopidia latinus

    Hecatesia fenestrata : Whistling Moth
    Hecatesia exultans
    Hecatesia thyridion

  • Idalima aethrias
    Idalima affinis
    Idalima leonora
  • Idalima metasticta
  • Idalima tasso

    Ipanica cornigera

  • Leucogonia cosmopis
    Leucogonia ekeikei

    Mimeusemia centralis

  • Mimeusemia econia
  • Mimeusemia simplex

    Periopta ardescens
    Periopta diversa

    Periscepta butleri
    Periscepta polystricta

    Phalaenoides glycinae : Vine Moth
    Phalaenoides tristifica

    Platagarista macleayi

    Radinocera maculosus
    Radinocera vagata

    Zalissa catocalina
    Zalissa pratti

  • Zalissa stichographa

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    (written 29 March 2015, updated 30 September 2016)