Subject: Tiger Moth??
Location: Perth, WA
March 25, 2017 6:52 pm
Hello, I found this fluffy guy on my front porch in the Perth metropolitan area, Western Australia. It was found in April 2016. This was the only photo I managed before it flew away! I’ve been trying to find what kind of moth or family it belongs to since. The closest resemblance I can find is a Tiger Moth, what do you think? I would love to finally find out!
We agree with you that this is a Tiger Moth, but we have not had any luck identifying the species. None of the species pictured on Butterfly House resemble your moth, nor did we find it on the Brisbane Insect site. We will contact Tiger Moth expert Julian Donahue to see if he can provide an identification.
Thank you! I have been searching for so long trying to find one similar, but haven’t had any luck. Your expertise is much appreciated!
Julian Donahue provides some information and resources.
Cool moth, and indeed a gravid female tiger moth. Not illustrated in Australian Moths Online http://www1.ala.org.au/gallery2/main.php?g2_itemId=9847
Another CSIRO site that you may find useful for all other groups of Australian insects: http://anic.ento.csiro.au/insectfamilies/
I suspect that it’s a melanic specimen, related to Creatonotos or “Diacrisia,” and may not be from Australia (or an accidental import).
For a modern, updated list of Arctiidae of the Oriental Region, Australia, and Oceania, with current names, check out: http://szmn.eco.nsc.ru/Arctiidae/ArctiinaeOriental.htm
The author, Vladimir V. Dubatolov, may be your best bet for identifying this animal.
For New World tiger moths, I’d suggest Dr. Chris Schmidt, an active worker in the field (Canadian National Collection, Ottawa)