This is a really interesting one. Lyn sent me the photo after their road-trip to the remote and tiny country town of Mullewa. While they were wandering around photographing the wildflowers, they spotted this huge moth on a tree trunk.
I posted it on BowerBird, and some of us agreed it appeared to be an Endoxyla, but the tiny wings were a puzzle. As far as I knew, female Endoxylas are perfectly capable of flight, and there was no way this one was getting off the ground without a helicopter. Perhaps she was still inflating them? In which case still being out in daylight was suicidal.
But Ken Walker identified it as something much rarer and interesting.
The genus Catoxophylla has only one species - “cyanuages”. In this species, the male has functional wings while the females wings are non-functional. It is found in Australia, where it has been recorded from Western Australia.
This is a wonderful find and image. I just checked Google images and there are no live images for this species on the web. Yours will be the first!!! Congratulations.
So much kudos to Lyn for spotting and photographing it :)
The Wattle Bizarre Looper moth
The mature caterpillars of the Wattle Bizarre Looper moth (top photo), Anisozyga pieroides (Geometridae), look extraordinary, having a flange each side of each segment. They are brown, and resemble the ragged edge of a partially eaten leaf. The young caterpillars have no flanges, but attach frass and other debris to their backs symmetrically, like the flanges they are going to develop.
The adult males and females look very different. The males is green, with a white pattern (middle photo), and the female is green with brown borders (bottom photo). This species is synonym to Eucyclodes pieroides, and can be found in the northern half of Australia.
This is pretty much the perfect camouflage. The Buff-tip moth (Phalera bucephala) avoids predators by disguising itself as a broken stick when at rest.
made a friend today
Anxiety makes me feel like I’m full of moths. When you get excited for something, you get happy little butterflies, but the internal fluttering of anxiety is frantic and terrible. It’s in your stomach, making you sick. It’s in your throat, making it hard to breathe. It’s in your head, making it impossible to focus.
finally! my moth reaction gif compilation
from now on i will only express feels in moth gifs
edit (not mine):
I scrolled too fast and thought the second to last one was playing a purple harmonica…