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23-Jul-2007, 07:30 PM
Found this cute looking bug. When I first saw it, thought it was the some caterpillar shell or some lump of something....was under a leaf above eye-level. Than it started to fly....so ok, its a living thing.

Could not figure out what it was, Looks like a moth, but the antenna is not fluffy...so I am not sure. Than at last it open its wings, but still not sure what it is.

Appreciate any ID

#1) Moth?



#4: Top view

#5 Rear view

#6:Close up abstract

#7 with wings open

Painted Jezebel
23-Jul-2007, 07:43 PM
It is a moth. Only the males have the feathered antennae, which they use to pick up the pheromones issued by females. Your species appears to be a Notodontid, looking superficially like the Buff-Tip and Prominent moths found in England. These species look like the ends of sticks, and this is an execellent camouflage. No doubt Roger will be able to help further (and probably correct me again!).


25-Jul-2007, 06:01 PM
...... Your species appears to be a Notodontid, ...... No doubt Roger will be able to help further (and probably correct me again!).


Indeed yes, Les. This one is a member of the Limacodidae, which is not at all well represented in the UK - just a paltry two (somewhat small and atypical) species!

It appears to be a female of Chalcocelis albiguttatus (Snellen, 1879), which is illustrated in Holloway et al. 1987 (Holloway, J.D., Cock, M.J.W. & Desmier de Chenon, R., 1987. Systematic account of South-east Asian pest Limacodidae. In Cock, M.J.W., Godfray, H.C.J. & Holloway, J.D. Slug and Nettle Caterpillars: The Biology, Taxonomy and Control of the Limacodidae of Economic Importance on Palms in South-east Asia. Commonwealth Institute of Entomology, London) and can be found from southern Vietnam and southern Thailand through to New Guinea and Queensland, Australia.



26-Jul-2007, 12:07 AM
Thanks Roger!

Painted Jezebel
26-Jul-2007, 08:24 AM
Thank you Roger for correcting me, again!! I have always felt that one of the best ways to learn is to be wrong and then be corrected. I have to admit, though, that I would never in a month of Sundays, have thought this moth was related to the Festoon or Triangle moths.