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Brief description: Medium-sized moth, orange body, female with pale brown fore wings, males smaller with bluish transparent wings, wingspan 2-5 cm.
Description : Small to medium-sized moths, with stout hairy bodies. The females have pale brown fore wings with a broad off-white margin and uniformly off-white hind wings. The female’s body is broad and covered in orange scales. Males are less than half the size of the female and look quite different, with bluish, transparent fore wings and a stout abdomen covered with tufts of orange hairs on top and are white underneath. Wingspan of male 2 cm, female 5 cm.
Biology : This species belongs to the family Limacodidae, commonly called cup-moths, after the cup-shaped cocoons spun by the caterpillars before pupating from which the moth emerges via a neat lid incised around the top. The caterpillars are brightly coloured and oddly slug-like, sometimes outbreaking in spring to consume Eucalyptus leaves in very large numbers. The bright colours are a protective warning that the caterpillar is distasteful to predators. Their unusual and colourful appearance has led to names such as Chinese Junks, Spitfires, Battleships or Warships. The adult female is about twice the size of the male and is quite different in appearance. The moths fly in autumn and females come readily to light; however the males are rarely seen and may be day-flying. This species is uncommon in Tasmania but came to notice spectacularly in 2010 when it defoliated thousands of hectares of eucalypt forest in the southeast of the state.
Habitat: Eucalypt woodland.
Native status: Native to Australia.
Maximum size (cm): 5
Diet: Herbivore
Colours: brown
Distribution: South-eastern Australia.
Habitat types: Terrestrial
Commercial species: False
Author credit: Catherine Byrne / Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery

Names and sources

Accepted name Source
Doratifera oxleyi


Synonyms Source
Anapaea confusa Walker, 1855 Walker, 1855 Walker, 1855
Published in: Walker, F. 1855. Lepidoptera Heterocera. List Spec. Lep. Insects Coll. Br. Mus. Vol. 5 pp. 977-1257
Bombyx oxlei Walker, 1855
Published in: Walker, F. 1855. Lepidoptera Heterocera. List Spec. Lep. Insects Coll. Br. Mus. Vol. 5 pp. 977-1257
Bombyx oxleyi Newman, 1855 Newman, 1855 Newman, 1855
Panisa circumdata Walker, 1855 Walker, 1855 Walker, 1855
Published in: Walker, F. 1855. Lepidoptera Heterocera. List Spec. Lep. Insects Coll. Br. Mus. Vol. 5 pp. 977-1257
Doratifera longerans Tepper, 1890 Tepper, 1890 Tepper, 1890
Published in: Tepper, J.G.O. 1890. Common Native Insects of South Australia: a popular guide to South Australian entomology. Part 2. Lepidoptera, or butterflies and moths of Adelaide Adelaide : Wigg & Son pp. iv 65

Common Names

Common name Source
Painted Cup Moth
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Working classification

Doratifera oxleyi  Recorded in Australia

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