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Idiodes apicata

Idiodes apicata

Description:

This moth is only pretending to be dead. She has evolved to resemble a dead gum leaf in behaviour as well as appearance. About 50mm wingspan.

Habitat:

In a local nature reserve adjoining a national park.

Notes:

This specimen has very pale markings compared to some and difficult to identify but the underwing shots are more indicative. Pic #3 under daylight plus flash. The larvae feed on Bracken - Pteridium esculentum
http://lepidoptera.butterflyhouse.com.au...
family: GEOMETRIDAE
subfamily: Ennominae
tribe: Lithinini
genus: Idiodes
http://bie.ala.org.au/species/Idiodes+ap...

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1 Comment

Fyn Kynd
Fyn Kynd 6 years ago

Great mimic!

Mark Ridgway
Spotted by
Mark Ridgway

Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Apr 27, 2014
Submitted on Apr 27, 2014

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