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Alice Springs MothsAedia leucomelas (Sweet Potato Leaf Worm) Australian Striped Hawk Moth (Hyles livornicoides) Bag-shelter Moth & Processionary Caterpillar Carpenter Moth (Endoxyla cinereus) Chasmina pulchra (White Beauty) Convolvulus Hawk-moth (Agrius convolvuli) Cossid Moth (Endoxyla leucomochla) Endoxyla Moth (family Cossidae) Laced Day-Moth (Ipanica cornigera) Godart’s Hawkmoth (Agrius godarti) Helicoverpa punctigera (Australian Fruitworm) Leptocneria binotata Mocis alterna (Bean Looper Moth) Owlet Moth (Eudesmeola lawsoni) Owlet Moth (Ophiusa parcemacula) Sameodes cancellalis (Banded Pearl) Yeperenye / Yipirinya

Known as the Carpenter Moth (Endoxyla cinereus), it’s other common name is the Giant Wood Moth, and is in the family Cossidae.

The adult moths wings have a vague variable pattern of light and dark grey or brown on the forewings. The female have a wingspan up to 23 cms, with the males wingspan smaller up to 11 cms.

Carpenter Moth (Endoxyla cinereus), Alice Springs NT
Carpenter Moth (Endoxyla cinereus), Alice Springs NT

The larvae of this moth bore into the trunks of trees (the Eucalyptus species). Pupation takes place in the larval tunnel, from which the adult moth will emerge, often leaving the empty pupal skin sticking out of the hole.

Carpenter Moth (Endoxyla cinereus), Alice Springs NT
Carpenter Moth (Endoxyla cinereus), Alice Springs NT
Carpenter Moth (Endoxyla cinereus), Alice Springs NT
Carpenter Moth (Endoxyla cinereus), Alice Springs NT
Carpenter Moth (Endoxyla cinereus), Alice Springs NT
Carpenter Moth (Endoxyla cinereus), Alice Springs NT
Carpenter Moth (Endoxyla cinereus), Alice Springs NT
Carpenter Moth (Endoxyla cinereus), Alice Springs NT

  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Subphylum: Hexapoda
  • Class: Insecta
  • Informal: Pterygotes
  • Order: Lepidoptera
  • Unranked: Ditrysia
  • Superfamily: Cossoidea
  • Family: Cossidae
  • Subfamily: Zeuzerrinae
  • Genus: Endoxyla
  • Species: Endoxyla cinereus

Footnote & References

  1. Endoxyla cinereus (Tepper, 1890), Carpenter Moth, Atlas of Living Australia, https://bie.ala.org.au/species/https:/biodiversity.org.au/afd/taxa/52fd72bc-6152-47cc-864e-5a57115771f9

Alice Springs MothsAedia leucomelas (Sweet Potato Leaf Worm) Australian Striped Hawk Moth (Hyles livornicoides) Bag-shelter Moth & Processionary Caterpillar Carpenter Moth (Endoxyla cinereus) Chasmina pulchra (White Beauty) Convolvulus Hawk-moth (Agrius convolvuli) Cossid Moth (Endoxyla leucomochla) Endoxyla Moth (family Cossidae) Laced Day-Moth (Ipanica cornigera) Godart’s Hawkmoth (Agrius godarti) Helicoverpa punctigera (Australian Fruitworm) Leptocneria binotata Mocis alterna (Bean Looper Moth) Owlet Moth (Eudesmeola lawsoni) Owlet Moth (Ophiusa parcemacula) Sameodes cancellalis (Banded Pearl) Yeperenye / Yipirinya

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