Saturday, 19 May 2012

Spot on

Having breakfast on the deck this morning and my attention was caught by a splash of white on one of the wires (3mm diam) of the deck balustrade. a closer look showed it to be a quite attractive moth.

After a photo in this position I carefully moved it onto the rail where I could get a better position and try for a couple of other shots.
The final shot is after a little disturbance which caused the partially open wing display to reveal the rear wing.
As a very distinctive moth it was not too difficult to find the identification as a female Black Spot Moth Epicoma melanospila whose caterpillars feed on plants in the Myrtaceae family, Eucalyptus, Callistemons, Leptospernums,Kunzeas etc.


  1. A lovely moth Ian - I like its "spiky" head!

  2. As it has been relatively quiet on the moth front i was very pleased to find this one and I agree the spiky head is a show stopper.

  3. Nice moth - the varieties of moths never ceases to amaze me.

    1. Yes lots of species and unlike this one many are very hard to identify.

  4. Oh, what a fuzzy-headed little creature! Makes you smile just to look at it. Thanks for posting.

  5. Thank you for the comment a cute moth not quite to the spectacular standard of your recent post.