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Hylesia moth

Hylesia sp.


When disturbed, these moths assume a radical, strange stance, curving its abdomen and throwing its wings forward. When on a flat surface, this stance looks rather weird (as can be seen here:, but in its natural environment it makes much more sense. This medium size moth (around 5cm/2in) looked very much like a dry leaf. Last photo shows it with wings slightly open.


Found in a patch of degraded wood in the outskirts of a small, rural town.

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Sergio Monteiro
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Sergio Monteiro

Santa Catarina, Brazil

Spotted on Feb 9, 2021
Submitted on Feb 9, 2021

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