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Concealer Moth

Tachystola stenoptera


A small moth about 8 mm long. The major part of both fore wings were glossy and a pale yellow and submarginal areas were brown, with a diffuse deep brown line separating the two. Wings were held flat. A small head appeared yellow with brown colouring to the posterior area. Could not photograph details of head. Antennae probably held under wings.


Spotted under bright lights, near native trees.


My thanks to Stephen Solomons for the ID. Family: Oecophoridae Subfamily: Oecophorinae

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Concealer Moth
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StephenSolomons 7 years ago

They can be confusing. I had seen this one on the list recently while hunting something else

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 7 years ago

Thank you for looking at this Stephen and for the ID suggestion. I did have a look at concealer moths but I hesitated for two reasons:
-I could not see the re-curved labial palps clearly ( ? bad photo)
- The trailing margin of wing was held flat with very little fringe ( maybe this is just a variation?). D. Hobern's photos on Flickr look more like mine. Thanks again.

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Leuba Ridgway

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Oct 20, 2013
Submitted on Oct 23, 2013

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