Sunday, August 26, 2007

Yellow Peach Moth


Adult

The orange-yellow moths have a wing span of 2.5 cm and a number of conspicuous black spots on the wings and body.

Immature stages

The eggs are small and are laid on the developing fruit or near the growing point. The entire larval stage is passed in the plant tissue. After about 3 weeks in summer larvae are mature, 2.5 cm long, greyish-green and tinged pink. They pupate on the outside of the fruit in shelters of webbed frass.

Life history

The life cycle from egg to adult takes 6 weeks in summer.

Distribution

Throughout Queensland

Host range

Yellow peach moth infests a number of other crops including citrus, cocoa, coconut, maize, mango, papaya, peach, pomegranate, sapodilla, sorghum, cotton, custard apple, lychee, macadamia, rambutan and durian.

I love the colors on this one! I found a whole bunch of moth and butterfly photos on Flickr and I'm researching all of my favorites and including the photos that I've come across ( 99% on Flickr ). YAY Lots more learning and work to do for me! Wheeeee! n_n

8 comments:

...Kat said...

this is one great moth! and one that we should have here in Ga., the Peach State!
ty for your visit
drop in anytime

Brittanie said...

They should! It is a great moth! I love the coloration on it. I don't think I've seen one like it. They also occur in HK.

Got the photo via Flickr when I was searching for bug pics and on the bottom it had the taxonomic information and the location: HK.

Wy I'll drop in alot! Love all your monarchs! And the list of butterflies that you saw along with the photos is amazing!

That'll keep me busy for a while! :)

...Kat said...

great! visit me lots and I will see your wonderful postings as well...

wasn't that just the greatest?...the beautiful curl to the antennae of the Spider Wasp!

Brittanie said...

I certainly will come and visit! How could I not?! And the curly antenna of the spider wasp is absolutely beautiful!

IMO both sexes should have such beautiful antenna and have different color markings instead as the key features to ID'ing the male and the female.

...Kat said...

I agree

Brittanie said...

n_n

HK Moths (a.k.a. Roger) said...

Hi Brittanie,

Good insect blog. However, please make sure you cite your sources and obtain permission to post copyrighted photos and texts.
For example, you should have mailed me to get authorisation to post my photo (at http://www.flickr.com/photos/hkmoths/1214464268/ ). Please be careful, as you are opening up yourself to a host of legal issues and heavy costs (I charge up to HK$1000 per photo for commercial use). At the very least provide a link from your blog to the original source information.

cheers, Roger.

Brittanie said...

Oh crap you're right I'm sorry.

I'll do that in the future.