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Speiredonia spectans A beautiful early springtime visitor to my porch, the Granny's Cloak moth. Wingspan 7.5 cm. The wing scales appear to have a finely grooved pattern that diffracts light to give the appearance of different colours depending on the angle of view - here showing the subtle purples, lilacs and blues. In the bush, they prefer to hide in dark places such as caves during daylight hours. Larvae feed on Wattle (Acacia, MIMOSACEAE) and Yellow Tulip (Drypetes deplanchei, EUPHORBIACEAE). Australia,Geotagged,Granny's Cloak,Lepidoptera,Macro,Moth,Speiredonia spectans,erebidae,fauna,insect,invertebrate,new south wales Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Speiredonia spectans

A beautiful early springtime visitor to my porch, the Granny's Cloak moth. Wingspan 7.5 cm. The wing scales appear to have a finely grooved pattern that diffracts light to give the appearance of different colours depending on the angle of view - here showing the subtle purples, lilacs and blues. In the bush, they prefer to hide in dark places such as caves during daylight hours. Larvae feed on Wattle (Acacia, MIMOSACEAE) and Yellow Tulip (Drypetes deplanchei, EUPHORBIACEAE).

    comments (4)

  1. Very beautiful and a reminder of just how awesome nature can be. Posted one year ago
  2. Perfect, Ruth! Posted one year ago
  3. What a stunning moth <3 Posted one year ago
  4. Amazing! Posted one year ago

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Granny's Cloak Moth is a species of moth of the Noctuidae family. It is found in the north-east quarter of Australia and Tasmania. Strays have been recorded on Norfolk Island and in New Zealand.

The wingspan is about 70 mm. The larvae feed on ''Acacia'' species.

Similar species: Moths And Butterflies
Species identified by Lisa Kimmerling
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By Ruth Spigelman

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Uploaded Jul 30, 2018. Captured Jul 28, 2018 20:50 in Unit 13/129 Scenic Dr, Merewether NSW 2291, Australia.
  • Canon EOS 60D
  • f/13.0
  • 1/128s
  • ISO320
  • 100mm