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Twisted Moth

Circopetes obtusata


An amazing moth that looks like a gum leaf. I have not seen anything like it before.

2 Species ID Suggestions

MartinL 12 years ago
Twisted Moth
Circopetes obtusata EOL: Circopetes obtusata
Bright twisted moth
Parepisparis lutosaria Sighting - BowerBird

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Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

Hi Anne.. the name you have is for the 'Grey twisted moth' where this one is the 'Bright twisted moth'

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 11 years ago

What an interesting moth and interesting information - thanks !

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 11 years ago

Excellent find AnneW.

AnneW 12 years ago

Hi Martin, thank you for the ID! It's really interesting to learn more about it. It was the first time I've seen a twisted moth, in fact my brothers saw it and called me to photograph it. Ever since they saw a big emperor gum moth, they've become great moth spotters! :)

MartinL 12 years ago

Hello AnneW
This is a twisted Moth. I've seen one before. They typically hold their body at an angle off centre. Presumably non symmetry is useful to help them look more like a random dead gumleaf and not a tasty meal.
Moths of Australia. Melb Uni Press. I.F.B.Common Pg.123 Fig1.
BTW What a superb photograph!

KarenL 12 years ago

Great camouflage!

craigwilliams 12 years ago

Ha ha! You have a great vision Alice!

alicelongmartin 12 years ago

Wow that Moth looks like a child cut him out!

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Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Nov 1, 2011
Submitted on Nov 5, 2011

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