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Neumichtis nigerrima

Black Turnip Moth at suppressed

Neumichtis nigerrima at suppressed - 28 Jan 2023
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Identification history

Neumichtis nigerrima 31 Jan 2023 donhe
Neumichtis nigerrima 31 Jan 2023 ibaird
Aedia leucomelas acronyctoides 31 Jan 2023 donhe
Unidentified 31 Jan 2023 arjay

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Probably about 25 mm long


arjay wrote:
   1 Feb 2023
Love the common names of some of these. Not a turnip in sight. And it doesn't look like a turnip. But yes it is black.
ibaird wrote:
   1 Feb 2023
The caterpillars are a known 'pest 'of vegetables including potatoes, beets, and yes, turnips. See here;
arjay wrote:
   1 Feb 2023
Glad you put pest in inverted commas. Some beasties that are seen as pests really are not. Even the cherry slugs that have decimated my cherry trees this year are food for cuckoos. And no the cuckoos have not been particularly in evidence this year. Might be more food elsewhere.
ibaird wrote:
   1 Feb 2023
In the UK every macro moth has a recognized common name, some very memorable. Not in Oz!
arjay wrote:
   1 Feb 2023
Actually I also find it interesting the way that butterflies tend to be known by the adult form while moths
are known by the larvae. It just fits with the butterfly image of something beautiful (even if it eats your cabbages) while the moths are either disregarded or regarded as a pest. Moths tend to be much more beautiful than butterflies (aside from skippers which of course are something else again).

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Species information

  • Neumichtis nigerrima Scientific name
  • Black Turnip Moth Common name
  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Minor Weed or Pest

Sighting information

  • 1 - 3 Abundance
  • 28 Jan 2023 05:17 PM Recorded on
  • arjay Recorded by

Additional information

  • 25mm to 50mm Animal size
  • Alive / healthy Animal health

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