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Sinister Moth - ♂

Pholodes sinistraria


Pic 2 was without flash and Pic 3 was with the flash on. I am not sure about the real colour but this mysterious moth looked like a beautiful water-colour painitng. It was dark with a slight shimmer to the wings. The white along the costal margin stood out. Abdomen was slightly thick with a tufted rear end. Wing span was about 50 mm. The feathery antennae indicates that this is a male moth. legs were banded.


Spotted under bright lights near a national park. Larvae feed on a variety of plants including, Roses, Mandarin, Camellias, Avocado, Wattle, Castor Oil plant and Lilly Pilly (Myrtaceae). I assume, therefore, that their distribution is not restricted.


A beautiful geometrid !! Family: Geometridae Subfamily: Ennominae

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Leuba Ridgway
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Leuba Ridgway

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Feb 8, 2014
Submitted on Feb 9, 2014

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