We’ve had some spectacular encounters with some impressive moths in the Cairns Botanical Gardens and the Wet Tropics lately so I thought it was time I dedicated a Blog to them. Moths are very much under-appreciated and often thought of as brown and boring. If that is your thoughts on moths, then I hope this Blog entry will change your mind.
Moths play an integral part of the ecosystem by being pollinators as well as being an important food source for many animals. They are a great subject for Let’s Go Buggin Tour participants and we have a couple of spots where we can regularly find them sleeping during the day so they often present us with great photographic opportunities. We regularly see them on the Night Walks as well.
Imperial Fruit Sucking Moth (Phyllodes imperialis)
Also known as the Pink Underwing Moth, this is one of the most beautiful species in the Wet Tropics and this year I’ve been lucky to have encounters with both the caterpillar (larvae) and the moth (adult) of this large moth species. Both phases are very large and have a magical presence. The caterpillar has incredible markings including fake eyes and teeth. The moths forewings resemble brown leaves while the underwing has a large bright pink spot. Both the caterpillar and the moth are featured in the Let’s Go Buggin 2024 Calendar available in the shop.