Will they visit?: Pink Leaf Moths will frequently visit home gardens
Natural Distribution: Common and widespread throughout the South West and Perth region
Wingia lambertella – Cathy Powers (CC BY-NC 4.0). Atlas of Living Australia
Wingia lambertella – dhfischer (CC BY-NC 4.0). Atlas of Living Australia
Wingia lambertella – Victor W Fazio III (CC BY-NC 4.0). Source: Atlas of Living Australia
Habitat at a Glance
See Habitat Guide for more detail
Shelter: Hiding on the bark of trees and shrubs, will visit bug hotels
Diet: Caterpillars feed on eucalypts
Water: Not required
ReWild Benefit: Food for other wildlife
Habitat Guide - Shelter
Dichromodes Moths rely on camouflage to stay safe from predators. Groundcovers, shrubs, clumping grasses, and trees throughout the garden will provide shelter for moths. Dichromodes Moths will rest conspicuously on walls, windows, and fences without much care for safety.
A template of a bug hotel is illustrated below. Things to consider:
Place several bug hotels throughout the garden to avoid disease spread.
Have several smaller hotels throughout the garden to avoid parasite and predator burden.
Position in a north and east position sheltered with dappled shade.
Keep dry and ensure protection from the rain.
Avoid using insecticides around the garden.
Habitat Guide - Food and Water
Providing natural sources of food
Adult moths do not have functional mouth parts and cannot eat. They survive on the fat stored as a caterpillar. Wattles and eucalypts provide breeding habitat and food for the caterpillars. Eucalypts (Jarrah, Marri, Tuart, Wandoo, and mallee species) provide breeding habitat and food for the caterpillars. The caterpillars are known to feed on Leptospermum species as well.
Avoid seeds advertised for butterflies and moths as these plants are usually unsuitable for our native moths to breed and have the potential to become serious weeds.
Providing sources of water
Moths a major source of food for other wildlife including birds, reptiles, frogs, bats and other mammals. If you see this moth in your garden, record your sighting on Atlas of Living Australia!