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Giant moth

Wednesday, 5th January, 2011

The giant moth which was found in Wickes Street yesterday The giant moth which was found in Wickes Street yesterday

An unusually large grey and brown moth was found yesterday morning fluttering on the road in Wickes Street.

June Squire found the moth when she went outside to get the newspaper. 

Mrs Squire said it was flapping on the roadside and her neighbour suggested she to bring it into the BDT.

The insect was 10 centimetres long with black markings on its wings and body.

Mrs Squire thought it might be a Bogong moth and that it might have come down from Queensland with the floodwaters.

The local Parks and Wildlife branch was unable to identify the moth because its ecologist is on holiday, but research on the internet revealed that it might be a Giant Wood Moth.

These are found in New South Wales and southeastern to northern Queensland.

They have also been found 200km inland at Theodore.

If anyone can help identify the creature they are welcome to contact the BDT.

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