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Fruit piercing moth

Eudocima salaminia


Resembles an odd shaped leaf at a distance, but on closer observation, was a strange moth. I have never seen this before. Body length approx 5 - 6cm long. It lay perfectly still to avoid being seen.


Suburban backyard


AndreaLim 6 years ago

Thank you for all of your lovely comments on my moth. It looks harmless but it does a lot of damage to the fruit industry.

Jason Alexander
Jason Alexander 6 years ago

Amazing 3d effect of mimicry!

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 6 years ago

it doesn't even look like a moth!
great spotting

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 6 years ago

That is one amazing moth Andrea - thanks for sharing this. I am still trying to work-out the shape...

KarenL 6 years ago

Great camouflage!

dotun55 6 years ago


lori.tas 6 years ago

Awesome spotting.

MayraSpringmann 6 years ago


Josh Asel
Josh Asel 6 years ago


AndreaLim 6 years ago

Thank you for all the wonderful comments on this cryptic moth.

To make 'head and tail' of this critter....its round compound eyes are towards the bottom-right with a pointed 'snout'. You can see one leg sticking out from underneath, midway along its body. Literally head down, bum up.

RiekoS 6 years ago

Very interesting. It is hard to believe that this is a moth.

Small Wonders
Small Wonders 6 years ago

Fantastic spot!

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 6 years ago

A truly fantastic moth with fantastic mimicry! Thank you for sharing such a terrific moth!

C.Sydes 6 years ago

Brilliant spotting.
You should consider adding this to the Mimetic animals of the world mission

LeanneGardner 6 years ago

That's incredible! Congratulations :)

Smith'sZoo 6 years ago

Agree with ceherzog - could not make out until I saw the second pic! Thanks for sharing Andrea!

JenniferRoge 6 years ago

That is too cool!!

Carol Snow Milne
Carol Snow Milne 6 years ago

WOW! Could have fooled me. Awesome!

After this one I will never look at a dry leaf the same way again

You're welcome Andrea! This is an amazing moth.

YurianaMartínez 6 years ago


ceherzog 6 years ago

That moth is so hard to notice...I could hardly figure out the first pic...very cool!!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 6 years ago

Wow fantastic moth :)

AndreaLim 6 years ago

Well done Agnes! Great work with the ID. I appreciate that.

Andrea Lim
Spotted by
Andrea Lim

Cairns, Queensland, Australia

Lat: -16.92, Long: 145.72

Spotted on Mar 20, 2010
Submitted on Mar 6, 2013

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