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Zodiac Moth

Zodiac Moth
Photo: C & D Frith
Australia's Wet Tropics
Rainforest Life

Zodiac Moth: (Alcides zodiaca)

  • This is a large and attractive moth and in many ways resembles a swallow tail butterfly.
  • It is a diurnal moth (meaning that it is active during the day).
  • It sips nectar from flowers with its long proboscis.
  • It can be recognised as a moth because it rests with its wings outspread, unlike butterflies which rest with wings together most of the time.
  • The larvae of this moth feed mainly on the vine Omphalea queenslandiae and pupate in transparent cocoons between dead leaves on the ground or in crevices.
  • Can be seen feeding on Golden Penda Flowers in May and June.
  • They have been sighted in large numbers, in June and July, flying in a north south direction at the cross junction of the Russell River and Mulgrave River, just south of the township of Deeral.

( Sighting information courtesy of: Gary Grant Phone (07) 4054 1193 )

Additional Information: Damon Ramsey

A day-flying moth

 Has a spectacular orange and black colouring.

 It is sometimes seen in places like Marrdja boardwalk.

 It usually lands 'head down' (left).

 Script: Courtesy of  Damon Ramsey BSc.(Zool) Biologist Guide

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