The male painted cup moth was much smaller than the female with a wing span of only 20 mm. It was however just as attractive having thinner blue-black wings and orange tufts of scales on the thorax. Pale setae on the legs and abdomen tip stood out in stark contrast to the dark wings.
The males had beautiful feathered antennae.
Spotted in a nature reserve with mixed natives-Burnt Bridge Reserve
These small moths were seen hanging head down on all sorts of vegetation and there were a few of them in the area. They appeared to be "sleeping" and tolerated quite a bit of handling.
This species is seen in NSW, Victoria, Tasmania & South Australia.
Lat: -37.81, Long: 148.03
Spotted on Mar 23, 2018
Submitted on Mar 24, 2018
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