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Long-fringed Bark Moth caterpillar

Phelotis cognata

Description:

Trying very hard not to be noticed on Allocasuarina ?verticillata
I wasn't even sure this wasn't a bifurcated she-oak 'leaf'.
Approx 18mm long

Habitat:

The trees were planted as a border to a local sports field.

Notes:

Fantastic camouflage and the behaviour was also appropriate being a typical loop shape while feeding but immediately going rigid when alarmed.
The moth is fairly uninteresting by comparison
The common name is a mystery and seems inapt.

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2 Comments

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 4 months ago

Wonderful spotting, Mark. New glasses? :-)

Machi
Machi 4 months ago

Great camouflage!

Mark Ridgway
Spotted by
Mark Ridgway

Victoria, Australia

Lat: -37.90, Long: 145.24

Spotted on Jan 29, 2019
Submitted on Jan 31, 2019

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