Monday, December 28, 2015

Giant Wood Moth - the size of a Bird

18th December 2015

GIANT WOOD MOTH (Endoxyla cinerea)

I came across this Giant Wood Moth just after dark at Jarowair recently.  I saw it moving around and at first thought it was a Noisy Miner due to it's size and colouring!  This one we measured to be 6 inches in length!

The Giant Wood Moth emerges from a hole in eucalyptus trees in mid-summer.  Once they emerge, they only live for a couple of days, during which time they will mate and lay up to 20,000 eggs before dying.

B & J

Giant Wood Moth (Endoxyla cinerea)
Giant Wood Moth (Endoxyla cinerea)
Giant Wood Moth (Endoxyla cinerea)


  1. Excellent post. The first image could well do as the target for a caption contest! Although I realise that trying to attach human thoughts t an image of a moth is really pushing reality!


  2. Wow, I didn't appreciate how 'giant' this moth was until I saw it on your hand.


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