Hygraula nitensCommon name: Australian water moth

Meaning of name: Unknown.

Distribution: This moth has been found across Australia. They also occur in New Zealand.

Remarks: This moth has a wing length (nose to wing tip) of approximately 9 millimetres.

The caterpillars of this moth live underwater. The larvae construct protective cases around their body from the leaves of water plants.

We have seen this moth in April and November.

References: http://lepidoptera.butterflyhouse.com.au/acen/nitens.html

A Guide to Australian Moths. Paul Zborowski and Ted Edwards. CSIRO. 2007.

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