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.
(*1) UNNAMED species (Geometridae) We've been reliably advised (Oct 2019) that this moth most likely belongs to the family Geometridae but has no subfamily, genus or species name at this time. We understand a number of specimens have been recorded in NSW prior to 2019.
ANTHELIDAE Woolly bears (Andreas Zwick, (NCMI, CSIRO Black Mountain, Environmental Sciences) has assisted us with some Anthelidae IDs (we have credited him in each instance).