Nature Profiles

Australian Moths

Australia has a very large moth fauna, and much of it remains unstudied or poorly known. With over 20,000 species, there is no single handy field guide to consult, and often the identification can only be made at a genus level.

These photos are of moths trapped at my house in the Adelaide Hills in 2008 and 2009. Because of the South Australian climate, most moths emerge in spring, with few being active as adults during the dry summer season. Autumn is also a time when some species emerge, as the temperatures drop and the rains return.

I am deeply indebted to Ted Edwards of CSIRO for his very generous help in identifying a large number of my photos, and being so willing to share information and resources with me.