This moth was so large and heavy looking that Leuba and I were suffering fits of laughter when we found her. Measured 100mm long body and an estimated wingspan about 200+mm. A very plain livery of grey crushed velvet all over but scale loss? had revealed black around wing venation.
Attracted to night lights at the local school.
That's not a cossid - this is a cossid. One female of this species weighed 28gms.
Australia has a disproportionately high number of cossid moths and only about one quarter are described. Many undescribed species are known to be very large moths and likely the heaviest moths in the world.
We tried to get underwing views but she would flick us off with a single snap of a wing.
I thought our dog had climbed onto the brick wall.
Lat: -37.89, Long: 145.31
Spotted on Jan 13, 2014
Submitted on Jan 14, 2014
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