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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

Mocis alterna, commonly known as the Bean Looper Moth, is a species of the family Erebidae, first described by Francis Walker in 1858.

The Mocis alterna caterpillar moves in a looper fashion. The colour of the caterpillar can vary from cream through brown and black, and may also have stripes.

Observations have been recorded in Atlas of Living Australia, with the most sightings in Queensland and the east coast, includng New South Wales and Victoria. There are a number of sightings in the Top End and Central Australia, and the limited sightings (at time of writing) in Western Australia and South Australia.

Mocis alterna (Bean Looper Moth), Alice Springs NT
Mocis alterna (Bean Looper Moth), Alice Springs NT
Mocis alterna (Bean Looper Moth), Alice Springs NT
Mocis alterna (Bean Looper Moth), Alice Springs NT
Mocis alterna (Bean Looper Moth), Alice Springs NT
Mocis alterna (Bean Looper Moth), Alice Springs NT

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  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Subphylum: Hexapoda
  • Class: Insecta
  • Informal: Pterygotes
  • Order: Lepidoptera
  • Unranked: Ditrysia
  • Superfamily: Noctuoidea
  • Family: Erebidae
  • Subfamily: Erebinae
  • Tribe: Euclidiini
  • Genus: Mocis
  • Species: Mocis alterna

Footnote & References

  1. Many thanks to Bjørn M Fjellstad for ID, member of Butterflies, Moths and other Invertebrates of Australia, https://www.facebook.com/groups/170745013686340
  2. Mocis alterna (Walker, 1858), Bean Looper Moth, Atlas of Living Australia, https://bie.ala.org.au/species/https:/biodiversity.org.au/afd/taxa/f41187fe-ab93-4181-a871-41861308c96c

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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