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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 11 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 11 years ago

Amazing 3d effect of mimicry!

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 11 years ago

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

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 11 years ago

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

KarenL 11 years ago

Great camouflage!

dotun55 11 years ago


lori.tas 11 years ago

Awesome spotting.

MayraSpringmann 11 years ago


Josh Asel
Josh Asel 11 years ago


AndreaLim 11 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 11 years ago

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

Small Wonders
Small Wonders 11 years ago

Fantastic spot!

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 11 years ago

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

C.Sydes 11 years ago

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

LeanneGardner 11 years ago

That's incredible! Congratulations :)

Smith'sZoo 11 years ago

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

JenniferRoge 11 years ago

That is too cool!!

Carol Snow Milne
Carol Snow Milne 11 years ago

WOW! Could have fooled me. Awesome!

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

AgnesAdiqueTalavera 11 years ago

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

YurianaMartínez 11 years ago


ceherzog 11 years ago

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

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 11 years ago

Wow fantastic moth :)

AndreaLim 11 years ago

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

Andrea Lim
Spotted by
Andrea Lim

Cairns, Queensland, Australia

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

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