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Long horned moth

Gelechioidea

Description:

A very small brown patterned insect about 6mm body. Antennae were about 3 times body length, held together, smooth?, tapered.

Habitat:

Resting on a shelter wall in a local nature reserve.

Notes:

Maybe Lecithoceridae or Xyloryctidae ? http://bie.ala.org.au/species/urn:lsid:b...

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11 Comments

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 5 years ago

Sorry Hema.. I should have included the full antennae. Much longer than Plutella group.

Hema
Hema 6 years ago

something similar to Plutella porrectella

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

Thanks Nuwan and Jemma. I'll dig in on this one now.

Hema
Hema 6 years ago

Good Rethinking , Mark :)

NuwanChathuranga
NuwanChathuranga 6 years ago

Moth for sure! Lecithoceridae?
http://lepidoptera.butterflyhouse.com.au...

Hema
Hema 6 years ago

The caddisfly I saw was no bigger than aa apple leafhopper and had a long proboscis. i do not see a proboscis on this one. Moth is a possibility.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

I've has a rethink Jemma. The fringe on the back of the wings is something I can't verify on any caddis. Maybe a moth.

Hema
Hema 6 years ago

and also prominent were the bulging eyes. Your insect has those!

Hema
Hema 6 years ago

this is something i had Id'd as a caddisfly. What was notable were the spurs on the legs.
http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/402...

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

The last couple I found had quite longish poky mouth parts - not sure you would call it proboscis though. Water is around (small creeks) but not within 300 metres. Although the wind might have carried it.

Hema
Hema 6 years ago

does a caddisfly have a proboscis?
Is there a source of water near by?

Mark Ridgway
Spotted by
Mark Ridgway

Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Nov 29, 2013
Submitted on Nov 29, 2013

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