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Xyloryctine Moth

Tymbophora peltastis


An attractive moth about 1 cm long (wingspan 20 mm) with tented pearly white wings. Wings showed minute flecks of brown with larger spots along the costa near the copper-fringed trailing margin. An erect small brown tuft was visible on the thorax. A semi circular patch of brown could be seen along the inner margin, in the mid-section of the fore wings; these came together to form a rough circle when the wings were folded at rest.
Antennae were swept back on either side. labial palps were re-curved.


Spotted under bright garden lights.
Occurrence record:


Larvae of these moths feed on eucalyptus leaves. The larvae live in shelter made of leaves and frass held together by silk.
Family: Xyloryctidae

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Leuba Ridgway
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Leuba Ridgway

Victoria, Australia

Lat: -37.90, Long: 145.31

Spotted on Feb 5, 2018
Submitted on Feb 6, 2018

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