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Nolid Moth

Diehlea tumida

Description:

About an inch long, moth. Excellent mimic of a seed pod or some similar structure.

Habitat:

Adjacent to a small stream. Altitude 1000m.

Notes:

At first I thought it was a dried leaf, but I was drawn to a second viewing because of the perfect symmetry, which usually means that the leaf is a moth. I then realized that it was a seed type structure or shell, which of course would have symmetry.

Looking through the lens (105 macro), I noticed what looked like eyes, so maybe it was a moth. I extended the monopod and started shooting. By the third click, I noticed that there were no antennae and so not wanting twenty images of a seed pod, I stopped the shoot.

Still undecided, I gave it a poke – nothing. I flipped it over and there were six legs. So, it WAS a moth, albeit dead. I flipped it back to continue the shoot, but it tired of me messing around and flew off. I am just glad I got a shot of it – DUH!

Update - see identification above. Found with the generous help from the staff of 'Moths of Papua'. Thanks Rob.

http://www.mothsofborneo.com/part-18/car...

11 Comments

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 5 years ago

Very interesting n informative :)

Beautiful!! very unique, thanks for sharing, folicallychalled.

folicallychalled
folicallychalled 5 years ago

ID updated. Another species found in 'Moths of Borneo', so not so rare after all.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/botalex/569...

Dave

folicallychalled
folicallychalled 5 years ago

Found it. ID and text amended.

Dave

folicallychalled
folicallychalled 5 years ago

Thanks Chief and Josef.

The closest I have found so far is chora, but not an exact match, just similar markings. You can find it on the referenced link of Papua moths.

Dave

sunnyjosef
sunnyjosef 5 years ago

Amazing find Dave!!!!

This is amazing! I can see a dragonfly, its eyes and wings clearly visible! congrats Dave!

LeanneGardner
LeanneGardner 5 years ago

Thank you very much Dave :)

folicallychalled
folicallychalled 5 years ago

Thanks Leanne, and warmest congratulations on your moth feature success, it is a beauty.

Dave

LeanneGardner
LeanneGardner 5 years ago

Fantastic moth Dave! They amaze me with their shapes & colours & patterns.

folicallychalled
folicallychalled 5 years ago

Ha! - that's why I could not find the antennae, they were the other end!

Thanks Newan, good job :)

Dave

folicallychalled
Spotted by
folicallychalled

Jawa Barat, Indonesia

Lat: -6.85, Long: 107.58

Spotted on Feb 12, 2014
Submitted on Feb 12, 2014

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