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Concealer moth (Oecophoridae)Philobota sp. (genus)

1 Unidentified Philobota concealer moths at Red Hill Nature Reserve

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Philobota sp. (genus) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 1 Jun 2019
Philobota sp. (genus) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 1 Jun 2019
Philobota sp. (genus) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 1 Jun 2019
Philobota sp. (genus) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 1 Jun 2019
Philobota sp. (genus) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 1 Jun 2019

Identification history

Concealer moth (Oecophoridae) Philobota sp. (genus) 18 Jun 2019 GlennCocking
Concealer moth (Oecophoridae) Philobota sp. (genus) 17 Jun 2019 BIrdsinCanberra
Concealer moth (Oecophoridae) Philobota sp. (genus) 17 Jun 2019 GlennCocking
Unidentified 11 Jun 2019 BIrdsinCanberra

Author's notes

When I arrived In the area where I was photographing the ground looked cold and I could not see any movement. After at least 20 minutes, when I was finishing up, I noticed one then another, then about six Concealer Moths in my immediate area flapping their wings as they appeared to bump along the ground. They were flying very short distances, often just above the ground, if not hitting the ground as they flew. Sometimes they would get to a stalk, which they would climb up rather than fly directly to the top. Later, looking at my photographs, I could see they were regularly cleaning their antennas. Their strange flying pattern intrigued me, as I was not sure if they were cold so were trying to warm up or if they were trying to search out liquid. I was also amazed how there appeared to be no insect life around that frosty patch then after, a little while, I was surrounded by these small moths.

1 comment

   17 Jun 2019
This coouldbe the same speciesas 4208769, and might be the males of an unnamed species that has wingless females. If you come across this behaviour again, have a look for a female crawling around.

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Goodenia pinnatifida (Scrambled Eggs) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 6 Oct 2019
Clematis leptophylla (Small-leaf Clematis, Old Man's Beard) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 21 Sep 2019
Philemon corniculatus (Noisy Friarbird) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 21 Sep 2019
Pyrrholaemus sagittata (Speckled Warbler) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 8 Sep 2019
Smicrornis brevirostris (Weebill) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 8 Sep 2019
Acanthiza lineata (Striated Thornbill) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 8 Sep 2019
Petroica boodang (Scarlet Robin) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 21 Jul 2019
Acanthiza chrysorrhoa (Yellow-rumped Thornbill) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 21 Jul 2019
Acanthiza reguloides (Buff-rumped Thornbill) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 21 Jul 2019
Pachycephala pectoralis (Golden Whistler) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 21 Jul 2019
Scopula rubraria (Reddish Wave) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 4 May 2019
zz agaric (stem; gills white/cream) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 6 Apr 2019
Lachnodius sp. (genus) (Felted Scale) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 30 Mar 2019
Myrmeleontidae (family) (Unidentified Antlion Lacewing) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 11 Mar 2019
Hemicordulia tau (Tau Emerald) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 11 Mar 2019
Asperula conferta (Common Woodruff) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 15 Dec 2018
Eucalyptus mannifera (Brittle Gum) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 14 Dec 2018
Calotis lappulacea (Yellow burr daisy) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 13 Dec 2018
Vittadinia gracilis (New Holland Daisy) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 13 Dec 2018
Geranium solanderi var. solanderi (Native Geranium) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 11 Dec 2018
Calotis lappulacea (Yellow burr daisy) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 11 Dec 2018
Callocephalon fimbriatum (Gang-gang Cockatoo) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 9 Jul 2018
Lycosidae sp. (family) (Unidentified wolf spider) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 14 Apr 2018
Heteronympha merope (Common Brown) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 5 Apr 2018
Pogona barbata (Eastern Bearded Dragon) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 28 Feb 2018
Pogona barbata (Eastern Bearded Dragon) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 10 Nov 2015

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  • Non-Invasive

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