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Saunder's Case Moth

Metura Elongatis


Saunder's case moths live and pupate in their silken cases which they cover in short twigs as they grow larger. The female remains in the case and has no wings, whereas the male grows wings and emerges from the case. Both sexes reach about 3cm in length and this case moth's case appeared to be about 10cm long.


Spotted climbing up and alongside a rock bordering a foot path at a South East Melbourne nature park that is plentiful in eucalypts.


This case moth was on the move heading toward the cracks between the rocks.

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Joey Bee
Joey Bee 8 years ago

Thank you Fyn. :D

Fyn Kynd
Fyn Kynd 8 years ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

jeslowery 8 years ago

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Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

So yours are on the move too. Maybe it's going to rain.

Joey Bee
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Joey Bee

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Mar 11, 2015
Submitted on Mar 11, 2015

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