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Elhamma australasiae

Elhamma at suppressed

Elhamma australasiae at suppressed - 11 Feb 2023
Elhamma australasiae at suppressed - 11 Feb 2023
Elhamma australasiae at suppressed - 11 Feb 2023
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Identification history

Elhamma australasiae 13 Feb 2023 donhe
Elhamma australasiae 12 Feb 2023 ibaird
Unidentified 12 Feb 2023 arjay

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User's notes

Another Elhamma? If so colour variation is huge. This one quite a pale beige in overall colour. The rest have been more chocolate brown. Have to be one of the hairiest moths around.


donhe wrote:
   12 Feb 2023
I agree the forewing pattern and size are consistent with Elhamma, but I do not recall seeing an Elhamma that hairy. This is more like Lasiocampidae, Lymantriinae or Notodontidae?
ibaird wrote:
   12 Feb 2023
There are E. australasiae examples on ALA with similar markings e.g.:-
And several are quite hirsute looking e.g.

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Species information

  • Elhamma australasiae Scientific name
  • Elhamma Common name
  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 1 - 3 Abundance
  • 11 Feb 2023 09:42 PM Recorded on
  • arjay Recorded by

Additional information

  • 25mm to 50mm Animal size
  • Alive / healthy Animal health

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