Grannys Cloak Moth (species: Speiredonia spectans) in taxonomy (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Speiredonia spectans
Grannys Cloak Moth

©Anne Hoggett: Speiredonia spectans at Lizard Island

©Anne Hoggett: Speiredonia spectans at Lizard Island Research Station.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Arthropoda
Class Insecta
Order Lepidoptera
Family Erebidae
Genus Speiredonia
Species Speiredonia spectans



Distinguishing features

Purplish-grey/brown with darker bands and scalloped trailing edges to the wings. An eyespot on each of the (different shapes on the underwings and forewings) that show up clearly when using flash photography.


  • Size data has not been obtained.


  • Up to 7.5 cm



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Distribution and habitat preferences

Adults hide in hollow trees and caves during the day, coming out at night to forage.

Local abundance

  • Lizard Island: Uncommon


The larvae feed on Acacia species. (Wikipedia)

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