Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Can you help identify this moth?

P1010005
This well camouflaged fellow was pretending to be a leaf on the Hovea, it was very pretty...
P2280009
... and rather BIG
P1010002

9 comments:

babyoog said...

Wow. That's a big moth.

Marika said...

AAAUUUGGGHH.

RUN AWAY FROM THE GIANT KILLER INSECT!!

unique_stephen said...

imagine having it fly into you hair

Mike Bogle said...

I don't know anything about insects, but those are gorgeous pictures. Was that taken at your place?

Reminds me to pull the camera out and get back to photo duty.

unique_stephen said...

Taken right outside the front door.

unique_stephen said...

I emailed Dr. David Britton, the Entomology Collection Manager from the Australian Museum who replied:

Dear Stephen,

that is the eucalypt hawk moth Coequosa australasiae (Family Sphingidae)

here are some links for you to follow up.

http://www-staff.mcs.uts.edu.au/~don/larvae/sphi/aust.html
http://www.ento.csiro.au/gallery/moths/Coequosaaustralasiae

cheers,

Dave.

You can visit the Australian Museum Insect Webpage here:
http://www.amonline.net.au/insects/index.cfm

Mark Lawrence said...

You emailed the guy at the museum?

And he replied?!

…!

unique_stephen said...

Yeah, by all accounts he is a nice guy (I live next door to a guy who used to work with him - you get that when you live near and work in a uni)

rackorf said...

Nice one! How did you cook it?