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Metalmark Moth 04

Unidentified Choreutidae

Description:

Choreutidae. These small moths often bear metallic scales and are mostly day-flying (some also come to lights), with a jerky, pivoting behaviour, and may fluff up their wings at an extreme angle. Some tropical exemplars such as the genus Saptha are quite spectacular, with bright green metallic bands. The members of the genus Brenthia, usually placed in their own subfamily Brenthiinae, have eyespots on the wings and have been shown to mimic jumping spiders (Rota and Wagner, 2006). Wikipedia

Habitat:

Spotted on foliage growing along the edge of a rice field, under the shade of some mango trees. This small area must have something (I cannot work out what) that attracts Metalmark Moths because nearly all of the Metalmarks I have seen were in this place.

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John B.
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John B.

Palauig, Central Luzon, Philippines

Spotted on Mar 25, 2016
Submitted on May 21, 2022

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