Sighting

Daniel Heald 11 Aug 2014

Huge Cossid Moth, Mullewa

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Sighted 30 Jul 2014
13 Maitland Road, Mullewa WA 6630, Australia

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  • Daniel Heald 11 August 2014
    Endoxyla
    (genus)
    Taxonomy: Animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Lepidoptera: Cossidae: Endoxyla
    Daniel Heald says

    Photographed by lab_jazz on the outskirts of Mullewa. They asked me to help ID it. Seems to be a female Endoxyla, but her abdomen is gigantic - 3.5 inches long

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  • Ken Walker 15 August 2014
    Catoxophylla cyanauges
    (species)
    Taxonomy: Animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Lepidoptera: Cossidae: Catoxophylla: cyanauges
    Common Names: Moths, Cossids, Wood, Goat Moths
    Ken Walker says

    See link: http://www1.ala.org.au/gallery2/v/Cossidae/Catoxophyllacyanauges/CATOXOPHYLLA+cyanauges+Turner+1945+Female+91mi+on+Albany+Highway+WA.jpg.html 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.

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Notes

  • Mark Ridgway 11 August 2014
    Tagged With endoxyla
    Mark Ridgway says

    That's a cracker Daniel. These biggies always make me laugh at their size. If you pick them up they are so heavy. I agree they are suicidal.

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  • Daniel Heald 11 August 2014
    Daniel Heald says

    Very large grey moth with black markings on wings and black stripes on the back. Possibly still inflating her wings? But the photo was taken at 4:15 in the afternoon, which seems suicidal for the moth.

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  • Daniel Heald 15 August 2014
    Daniel Heald says

    Thanks! I'll pass word on my friend - they gave me more details about the locale, too. " I was staying at the Mullewa Caravan Park and had set off on foot. Just down from the caravan park on 'Main Road' (just before it changes into 'Lovers Lane') is a big football oval. I walked down the side of the fence to get behind the oval. I took the photo about 600 metres into the bush that lays behind that oval."

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