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Habroscopa Moth

Habroscopa iriodes

Description:

Like a bit of "frozen flame" this brilliant little moth was only about 10 mm long. It's tented-up wings had bands of dense yellowish orange setae near the basal part of the wings followed by a band of pink and then a white patch through to a fringed outer margin. These patterns were broken by dark golden bands. The front legs were held out on either side of the head and were covered by thick golden hairs. Labial palps were short and re-curved.

Habitat:

Spotted under bright lights near a sports field.

Notes:

These moths are found in the rainforests of New Guinea and in Australia, from Cooktown in Queensland all the way down to Tasmania. Larvae, as in most oecophorids, live concealed in rolled leaf shelters. Hence called concealer moths Family: Oecophoridae Subfamily: Oecophorinae

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4 Comments

Maria dB
Maria dB 7 years ago

Very nice series of an interesting moth!

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 7 years ago

Thanks J. It was so small yet so attractive !!...most good things come in small packages..

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 7 years ago

Terrific moth, Leuba!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

Love the pantaloons. Great colours too.

Leuba Ridgway
Spotted by
Leuba Ridgway

Upper Ferntree Gully, Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Dec 7, 2013
Submitted on Dec 8, 2013

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