Shelter: Hiding on the bark of trees and shrubs, will visit bug hotels
Diet: Caterpillars feed on wattles and eucalypts
Water: Not required
ReWild Benefit: Food for other wildlife
Habitat Guide - Shelter
Old Lady Moths rely on camouflage to stay safe from predators. Groundcovers, shrubs, clumping grasses, and trees throughout the garden will provide shelter for moths. Some species 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.
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!