ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Old Lady Moth visits us every Christmas Have you seen it

Updated on June 28, 2014

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


These moths are found across the lower half of Australia.


Their caterpillars feed on a variety of wattles (acacia) foliage during the night and secrete themselves beneath stems of the foliage or in the litter at the bases of the trees or shrubs during the day. Therefore they are well hidden most of the time.


The adult species emerge from their cocoons over a protracted period of the year, although this is generally during the warmer months. These moths will often be seen to fly into various homes and land on the walls or curtains. If you should happen to see one of these please open the door and let it out as it l die if left in the home for a couple of days.

Has anyone else seen this moth? No matter what they call it to me I will always be our Christmas Moth.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      6 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Moth, yes it is weird how they only come around at Christmas time. Glad you had the chance to see him. I didn't get to see a live one this year worst luck. Have to wait till next year now. Hope you had a great xmas

    • profile image


      6 years ago

      So strange, it's Christmas eve 2011, about 2am (ok, it's actually Christmas) and an old lady moth landed under the light outside. I had never seen one before and I had to do a bit of research to find out who he is! He's partaken in photo shoot and I'm stoked to have met him and found this article!

    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      7 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      thanks Denise for taking the time to tell me that. Yes we have to try and save them where we can. I found one in my laundry last week but it was too late, worst luck

    • profile image

      Denise Williams 

      7 years ago

      We had one in our bathroom which gave me a wonderful opportunity to photograph it up close. After a couple of days I did start to worry how it would survive so we caught it and let it out and I am glad we did after reading about it above.

    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      fishtiger, I have seen bigger ones but I love the rings on the wings as they look like they are watching us.

    • fishtiger58 profile image


      8 years ago from Momence, Illinois

      That is one huge moth. Great hub.

    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      ethel, yes thats weird isnt it. Butterflies are so beautiful maybe they see the beauty and forget all else.

      Neminga, so you usually see them too. thats great. They must be hiding from you this year. Funny that you only see them at christmas though.

    • Nemingha profile image


      8 years ago

      Reading this hub has just reminded me that I haven't seen any of these yet this year, I wonder why?

    • ethel smith profile image

      Ethel Smith 

      8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      They look fabulous. I cannot understnad why some people are scared of moths or do not like them. These same people usually like butterflies.

    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      DAL Thanks for that do they come in at christmas or not.

    • D.A.L. profile image


      8 years ago from Lancashire north west England

      Great hub. time and effort can be rewarding. They are very similar to the elephant hawk moth here in the U.K. Enjoy your Christmas Moth.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)