I looked up ‘Giant Moths’ and found a picture of a moth that looked very similar to the one we found!
As far as I can tell, this *is* the same species of moth we found outside the railway station. It’s name is ‘Endoxyla Magnifica’, a giant ‘wood moth’ who’s larvae spend their lives boring into Eucalypts! 🙂
It seems it is related to the moth that gives rise to the famous ‘witchetty grub’… tho this one is much larger. Oddly there is very little information online about this magnificent beast, but I’d really like to know more about their life cycle!
All I can garner is that the grubs are often referred to as ‘Goat Moths’ because the caterpillars have an unpleasant smell. The young live their lives boring through trees for up to three years and then pupate in their tunnels. That’s about all there is!!
You’d think a moth this size would be world famous… but it seems to have been ignored by all and sundry!