A beautiful early springtime visitor to my porch, the Granny's Cloak moth. Wingspan 7.5 cm. The wing scales appear to have a finely grooved pattern that diffracts light to give the appearance of different colours depending on the angle of view - here showing the subtle purples, lilacs and blues. In the bush, they prefer to hide in dark places such as caves during daylight hours. Larvae feed on Wattle (Acacia, MIMOSACEAE) and Yellow Tulip (Drypetes deplanchei, EUPHORBIACEAE).
Granny's Cloak Moth is a species of moth of the Noctuidae family. It is found in the north-east quarter of Australia and Tasmania. Strays have been recorded on Norfolk Island and in New Zealand.
The wingspan is about 70 mm. The larvae feed on ''Acacia'' species.