Exactly seven months after watching this little guy and his siblings wrap himself into beautiful silk cups, he has finally emerged with a new purpose in life. He is about 30mm long and very furry with beautiful tones of copper, bronze, cream and brown. Feathery antennae but no labial palps or other visible mouth parts.
Originally on eucalyptus in suburban garden but because his siblings were raided by some unknown predator http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/104... this one was brought inside the house for winter.
The spectacular caterpillar which turned into this moth can be seen feeding here http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/964... and building it's cup here http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/983... Although I didn't notice it actually leaving the cup I maust have been there within minutes to see him fly off towards the light. I particularly like the rectangular net pattern these have on their forewings. It's hard to imagine why nature might evolve such a pattern - squares seem so 'unnatural' on the big scale. Also known as 'Chinese junk' and 'Mottled cupmoth" more info can be found here http://www.brisbaneinsects.com/brisbane_... http://www.pir.sa.gov.au/forestry/forest...
Lat: -37.90, Long: 145.31
Spotted on Oct 18, 2012
Submitted on Oct 18, 2012
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