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Metalmark Moth

Choreutis basalis


Choreutis basalis R. Felder & Rogenhofer, 1875 is a small moth in the Family: Choreutidae. The front wings are dark brown with a broad horizontal band. The lower two thirds of this band are yellow and the upper third is white (these colours are not sharply defined as they gradually merge into each other. Immediately under this broad band, there is a separate narrow band in whitish yellow. The bottom half of each front wing has a rather cloudy and irregular pattern in yellow. On my pictures, this pattern does not appear to be quite symmetrical, but this might just be down to wear and tear. The Head is yellow as are the legs, the latter having dark spots at the joints. The hind wings, obviously, cannot be seen in my pictures.


I spotted this colourful little moth amongst pot plants in our front yard. It was very skittish and made a speedy escape when it spotted me.!


There is a picture of a moth similar to mine, which does show the hind wings at:

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John B.
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John B.

Palauig, Central Luzon, Philippines

Spotted on Jan 25, 2018
Submitted on Apr 28, 2022

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