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Bird-dropping Lichen Moth - Philenora aspectalella

Family Arctiidae 

This page contains pictures and information about Bird-dropping Lichen Moths that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.

Body length 15mm
This moth mimics bird-dropping in dirty black and white colours. There are black bars across wings connected with zigzag line. During the day it was usually found resting on leaf. 
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Picture was taken in Karawatha Forest during early summer. This moth mimics the bird-dropping. The last picture shows the moth just came out from pupa on Acacia leaf.

1. Philenora aspectalella - Some Australian Moths from South-East Queensland, Ian McMillan, 2006.
2. Philenora aspectalella (Walker, 1864) - Australian Caterpillars by Don Herbison-Evans & Stella Crossley, 2009. 
3. Moths of Victoria: part two, Tiger moths and allies Noctuoidea (A) - Peter Marriott, Entomological Society of Victoria, 2009, p24.
4. Insects of Australia, CSIRO, Division of Entomology, Melbourne University Press, 2nd Edition 1991, p436, pl.18.7. 

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