Golden Cup Moth
S1: Male, dorsal
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)|
|Order:||Butterflies & Moths (Lepidoptera)|
|Family:||Cup Moth (:Zygaenoidea Limacodidae)|
|Species:||Golden Cup Moth (Pseudanapaea sp)|
|This Photo:||S1: Male, profile|
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
Always surprises me to see moth playing dead.
We were testing a new LED work light out as a moth light. Worked very well. Unfortunately this fellow sat on it (stuffing up the lighting), flapped about a lot and either exhausted itself or felt threatened by the camera. After a while it just keeled over and looked dead (when I got the ventral shot). It later "recovered" and flew away
We've gone through the 21 Bold Bins related to Pseudanapaea.
3 are in SA. This is the only one not P. denotata by DNA testing, it's P. transvestita. It's right on the SA/NSW/Vic Border. ie River Murray: Bold Bin
There is at least one sample "BC EF Lep 01466" that has no large white/pale patch behind the orange, as in most P. transvestita. Therefore, we don't think it's possible to visually differentiate between Pseudanapaea and it's not possible to assume id based on location.
P. transvestita example with no large white patches