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Golden Plusia / Gold Wing

Trichoplusia orichalcea

Description:

About 20mm long (wingspan 40mm when spread open). The moth looks brown and yellow when in the shade but if the light catches the wing just right then it appears to have a gold-plated panel which is brilliantly dazzling. The thorax has longish tufts of hair which in some individuals is quite unkempt (photo 4 & 5) while in others (photo 1 & 2) it forms a neat little crown. There are 2 smaller compact tufts of hairs along the upper surface of the abdomen.

Habitat:

Subtropical tree/bush savannah with wet hot summers and dry mild winters. These individuals were attracted by the houselights on an agricultural smallholding

Notes:

these moths are on the kitchen wall tiles; I've included the tile grout for scale

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3 Comments

Johan Heyns
Johan Heyns 8 years ago

Nice series. I get two to three a night at this stage.

C.Sydes
C.Sydes 8 years ago

thank you Luis

LuisStevens
LuisStevens 8 years ago

Nice series!

C.Sydes
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Kgatleng District, Botswana

Spotted on Jan 9, 2013
Submitted on Mar 5, 2013

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