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Tuft Moth

Selepa discigera

Description:

I can't really remember its size but it was decently large. I was surprised at how long it took me to identify it despite its several distinct characteristics. Its wings are shaped weirdly and round that reminds me of a planthopper, first pair of front legs stick out when resting and are fuzzy, because of it I thought it was a lobster or a slug moth but it's not. Then it has a forked snout which forms the letter v, coloration mostly brown from top and fades to blackish-grey and a light-colored line that parallels across the forewings. Its on top of my list on the weirdly shaped moths I've seen.

Habitat:

Found in the kitchen, attracted by the lights.

Notes:

Literally took me an hour to identify, almost gave up but I saw a photo and thanks to it I even manage to identify up to species level. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations...

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2 Comments

Francis Floe
Francis Floe 8 months ago

SukanyaDatta Thanks for the appreciation! It really is so satisfying when it pays off.

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 8 months ago

Tremendous effort..but isn't it lovely when the ID is revealed. A " gotcha" moment. It is a lot of detective work, isn't it!

Francis Floe
Spotted by
Francis Floe

Iloilo City, Western Visayas, Philippines

Spotted on Dec 19, 2021
Submitted on Jul 28, 2023

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