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Wattle snout moth

Pararguda nasuta

Description:

A species of moth of the Lasiocampidae family. It is found in the south-east quarter of Australia. The adults are brown, with a faint dark spot, two wavy dark lines, and a subterminal row of dots on each forewing, They also have a long pair of labial palps, which are held forward to look like a long nose. The males and females have differently shaped wings. The males have wings with straighter edges. The males also have more feathery antennae. There are always more males to be found at lights than females. The males have a wingspan of about 3 cms. The females have a wingspan of about 4 cms.

Habitat:

The larvae feed on Exocarpus cupressiformis, Pinus radiata and Acacia species.

Notes:

This female did an impressive job of playing dead when I first picked her off the wall. Even when she started moving again and I placed her on a post (photo 2), she kept her antennae tucked down and the surrounding bristles over her eyes. Excellent camouflage.

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6 Comments

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 5 years ago

Geez.. just found out it's 'ParaRguda'

lori.tas
lori.tas 6 years ago

Done (dyslexic). Thanks for the heads up, Mark. I really did think she was dead. Stayed still, legs folded in, for at least a half hour. Impressive.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

Wow different shapes for M & F too !! Cool moth.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

Can we take the third 'a' out of Paragauda?

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

Ha! An echidna with wings. A nice winter moth find for Tas. Great shots.

StephenSolomons
StephenSolomons 6 years ago

really nice series as well Lori

lori.tas
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lori.tas

Bagdad, Tasmania, Australia

Spotted on Jul 15, 2014
Submitted on Jul 16, 2014

Spotted for Mission

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