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Cossid Moth 5- male

Sympycnodes dunnorum


This attractive moth was about 20 to 25 mm long. wings were mostly a pale grey with tinges of brown at the wing base and outer margins. The tented-up fore wings showed about three distinct black circular patches with smaller ones bordering the outer margin (Termen). The brown tinged thorax and front legs were covered with dense setae. Antennae were feathered indicating that this moth was male.


Spotted under bright lights across a national park.


It was a pity I could not get better shots of this moth, which was resting in a very dark spot . He flew away after the third shot ! I could not see the hind wings. Thanks to Peter Marriott for the ID. According to Peter "These spotty cossids were in Endoxyla but were placed in Sympycnodes in 2012. Several of them were, until then, without names - including this one." I had initially labelled it as Endoxyla sp.

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Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 5 years ago

Thanks Shanna & Neil. Dark cars make great backgrounds. Our favourite haunt, a car yard nearby after 11 pm- we are probably regularly on their CCTV ! The white flecks are scales off the moth, of course, and it adds to the "spacey" look.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 5 years ago

Great photos, Leuba. I particularly like the second one. Very arty.

ShannaB 5 years ago

Nice shot, Leuba.

Leuba Ridgway
Spotted by
Leuba Ridgway

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Lat: -37.89, Long: 145.31

Spotted on Jan 9, 2014
Submitted on Jan 10, 2014

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