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Mimosa Pearl

Leuciris fimbriaria


Small moth about 3 cm in wingspan. Found rested on concrete brick in urban backyard.


Disturbed forest habitats at altitudes of between 200-1500m. This species was deliberately introduced to the Northern Territory of Australia in 2004 as a means of controlling Mimosa, a prickly bush which originated in South America but was imported into the botanic gardens at Darwin, from where it spread across the floodplains to become a threat to native Australian plants.


Lifecycle The turquoise eggs are laid in batches on Mimosa pigra and related plants. The "looper" larvae are green, and feed diurnally. The pupae are very dark reddish black, and are formed without a cocoon amongst le

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Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 3 years ago

Beautiful moth! Congrats.

Sckel 3 years ago

Thank you all for your kind comments.

suzmonk 3 years ago

Lovely moth. Doesn't even look real, somehow, does it? Congratulations!

Congratulations Sckel, wonderful spotting!

Beautiful spotting Sckel,congrats on the well dserved SOTDand thanks for sharing

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 3 years ago

Super spotting Sckel. Interesting information about the introduction to Australia. Thanks and congratulations.

triggsturner 3 years ago

Congratulations on your SOTD. A stunning little moth!

Christine Y.
Christine Y. 3 years ago

Congratulations Skel, this moth is gorgeous!

DanielePralong 3 years ago

Congratulations Skel, this attractive moth with an equally beautiful name is our Spotting of the Day!



SukanyaDatta 3 years ago

What a beautiful name for such a pretty moth.

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ES, Brazil

Spotted on Oct 26, 2017
Submitted on Oct 26, 2017

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