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Old Lady Moth visits us every Christmas Have you seen it
As a child we always knew it was nearly Christmas as these moths would fly into our house. Mum would say look the Christmas moth is back, and we would laugh. I often wondered how it knew when it was Christmas and where it spent the rest of the year as we only saw it at Christmas time.
We have again seen two in our home this year and I decided to see if I could find out something about our little friend. We took some photos and did a Google search for Christmas Moth. No Response or at least nothing to solve my mystery.
West Australian Museum
I emailed our Museum and described this friend of ours; they suggested that it could be the Old Lady Moth (Dasypodia selenophora) from the Noctuidae family. They were spot on; their photo is the same moth that I let go today.
Another name for this moth is:
· Southern Old Lady Moth
These adult moths are mainly brown on the top with an orange colored underneath. The wings have a large spot which looks like an eye on each end of the wings. These are a blue- black in color. The back edges of the wings have black spots. Their head and legs are orange.
These moths have a wing span of between 7-9 cms