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Tuft Moth

Selepa discigera


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.


Found in the kitchen, attracted by the lights.


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.

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Francis Floe
Francis Floe 8 months ago

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

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
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Francis Floe

Iloilo City, Western Visayas, Philippines

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

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