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Cossid Moth 2

Endoxyla secta

Description:

This attractive Cossid moth was whitish grey with a display of several patterns in black - squares, stripes, stippling, streaks and bands. Thorax and Forelegs were covered with dense setae. The head with huge eyes was tucked well under (Pic 4). The underside of the wings were dark. The moth was about 30 mm long.

Habitat:

Spotted under bright lights near a National Park

Notes:

Family: Cossidae Subfamily: Zeuzerinae http://davesgarden.com/guides/bf/showima... I am not able to find much information on this species but the Cossids are interesting- this genus includes the Witjuti Grub (E.leucomochla) that is a well known food source for desert Aboriginal people.

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Lat: -37.89, Long: 145.31

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

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