Photo of the week – bark moth on a messmate stringybark
Posted at 25 Mar 2018 at 20:07h in News, Photo of the Month
Isn’t camouflage amazing? While some species were born to be stars and will pull out all the stops to stand out (we’re looking at you, rainbow bee-eaters), others seek to blend in, trying to living out their days in relative peace.
This bark moth (probably Scioglyptis or Syneora) is almost invisible on the trunk of a messmate stringybark (Eucalyptus obliqua) in the Lower Glenelg National Park. Bark moths belong to the looper group – named for the way the caterpillar forms a loop as it inches its way along a surface.
Note how this one has aligned the lines on its wings with the fibres of the bark. It could be a coincidence – but we’d like to think it’s completely intentional…