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Cruria donowani

Crow or Donovan's Day Moth

The adult moth is black, with white spots on the forewings and a ragged diagonal cream-coloured bar across each hindwing. The moths have a wingspan of about 5 cms. The moths are unusual in that they are on the wing in daytime, like butterflies, and unlike moths from most other families. The species is found in drier areas of Australia in Northern Territory,  Queensland,  New South Wales,  Victoria, and  South Australia.   

The species closely resembles Cruria synopla, but the hindwing bar of Cruria donowani is whiter and more ragged. Also, Cruria donowani has NO narrow pale yellow line from the base to the middle of each forewing.

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Cruria donowani (Crow or Donovan's Day Moth) at Hughes Grassy Woodland - 17 Feb 2021 by LisaH Cruria donowani (Crow or Donovan's Day Moth) at Acton, ACT - 10 Feb 2021 by AlisonMilton Cruria donowani (Crow or Donovan's Day Moth) at National Zoo and Aquarium - 8 Feb 2021 by RodDeb Cruria donowani (Crow or Donovan's Day Moth) at ANBG - 7 Feb 2021 by Christine Cruria donovani (Crow or Donovan's Day Moth) at Hughes, ACT - 5 Feb 2021 by JackyF Cruria donowani (Crow or Donovan's Day Moth) at ANBG - 27 Jan 2021 by RodDeb Cruria donowani (Crow or Donovan's Day Moth) at Mount Taylor - 21 Dec 2020 by MatthewFrawley Cruria donowani (Crow or Donovan's Day Moth) at Aranda, ACT - 19 Dec 2020 by KMcCue
Cruria donowani (Crow or Donovan's Day Moth) at Hughes Grassy Woodland - 17 Feb 2021 by LisaH
Cruria donowani (Crow or Donovan's Day Moth) at Acton, ACT - 10 Feb 2021 by AlisonMilton
Cruria donowani (Crow or Donovan's Day Moth) at National Zoo and Aquarium - 8 Feb 2021 by RodDeb
Cruria donowani (Crow or Donovan's Day Moth) at ANBG - 7 Feb 2021 by Christine
Cruria donovani (Crow or Donovan's Day Moth) at Hughes, ACT - 5 Feb 2021 by JackyF
Cruria donowani (Crow or Donovan's Day Moth) at ANBG - 27 Jan 2021 by RodDeb
Cruria donowani (Crow or Donovan's Day Moth) at Mount Taylor - 21 Dec 2020 by MatthewFrawley
Cruria donowani (Crow or Donovan's Day Moth) at Aranda, ACT - 19 Dec 2020 by KMcCue

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Species information

  • Cruria donowani Scientific name
  • Crow or Donovan's Day Moth Common name
  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive
  • 575.6m to 665.7m Recorded at altitude
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