There are thought to be close to 30,000 moths in Australia. They range from micro moths to very large moths the size of a small bird. New moths are still being identified in Australia and many life histories await discovery.
Like butterflies moths have breeding ranges limited by the availability of their caterpillar foodplant. This means few butterflies or moths are found right across Australia.
Most moths fly at night (making them more difficult to see than butterflies) but a few are day flying. Moths are divided into many families. Below are the ones we have photographed here at Claire Cottage, Dorrigo, except for those of the Sphingidae (Hawk Moth) Family which have their own Gallery and description pages.