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Helena gum moth - (Opodiphthera helena) These large Saturnid moths are usually brown, orange or tan coloured but this one revealed lovely pastel tones under both wings.<br />
Wingspan was about 160 mm.<br />
Found near midnight at the edge of a local national park.<br />
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Helena gum moth - (Opodiphthera helena)

These large Saturnid moths are usually brown, orange or tan coloured but this one revealed lovely pastel tones under both wings.
Wingspan was about 160 mm.
Found near midnight at the edge of a local national park.

    comments (5)

  1. This is amazing Posted 3 years ago
  2. 160mm? That's crazy! Posted 3 years ago
    1. If only we could train them to stay on our hands and flap they would make beautiful fans in summer.
      (Sorry my cam is broken Ferdy.. I would be more active otherwise - maybe a new one from Santa)
      Posted 3 years ago, modified 3 years ago
      1. Fingers crossed for Santa :) Broken beyond repair? Posted 3 years ago
        1. Yes. Very frustrating. Posted 3 years ago

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The Helena gum moth is a moth in the family Saturniidae. It is found along the eastern coast of Australia.
The wingspan is 130-170 mm. The larvae feed on ''Eucalyptus'' species.

Similar species: Moths And Butterflies
Species identified by Mark Ridgway
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By Mark Ridgway

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Uploaded Oct 26, 2016. Captured Oct 26, 2016 00:57 in 25 Railway Ave, Upper Ferntree Gully VIC 3156, Australia.
  • EX-Z2000
  • f/3.0
  • 1/60s
  • ISO200
  • 6.58mm