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The Heliotrope Moth, Utetheisa lotrix (or pulchelloides) was photographed in my garden at
Batemans Bay, New South Wales, Australia. Heliotrope Moths are about 25mm (1 inch)
having brightly coloured white wings with red, brown and black markings. They are active by
day fluttering low over the ground like a small butterfly. The caterpillars of the two varieties
are differently coloured and larvae of both contain poisonous alkaloids that deter predators
from eating them.

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  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 2 years ago

  • Guendalyn
    Guendalynover 2 years ago

    amazing !!!

  • Grazie per il tuo commento Guendalyn sorprendente e preferiti !
    Thank you Guendalyn for your amazing comment and favourite !

    – Trish Meyer

  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganover 2 years ago

    beautiful image

  • Thank you very much Martina !

    – Trish Meyer

  • Robert Elliott
    Robert Elliottover 2 years ago

    wow, what a strange colouring Trish, never seen one. Super capture

  • Robert, thank you very much for your super comments and fave ! I have seen two … April last year and March this year. The colour and pattern made i.d. easy :)

    – Trish Meyer

  • Gabrielle  Hope
    Gabrielle Hopeover 2 years ago

    You did very well finding this pretty moth Trish, great capture.

  • Thanks very much Gabrielle for your great comments and fave !
    It was “hanging out” with the butterflies on my Buddleja :)

    – Trish Meyer

  • Svetlana Sewell
    Svetlana Sewellover 2 years ago

    Great capture Trish!

  • Svetlana, thank you very much !

    – Trish Meyer

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonover 2 years ago

    Natures Paintbrush

    BEAUTIFUL work

  • Thanks so much Ann for your beautiful comments and fave of this image, as well as for accepting it to Nature’s Paintbrush !

    – Trish Meyer

  • vigor
    vigorover 2 years ago

    If this isn’t amazing! I love it, never saw or heard of one!!! Leave it to you to find it!

  • Viv, I had never seen or heard of one until last year. Thank you very much for your amazing comments and fave … I’m glad you like it !

    – Trish Meyer

  • mom23girls
    mom23girlsover 2 years ago

    Fabulous capture! I have never seen one of these before!

  • Thanks very much for your fabulous comments on this capture ! I had not seen one until last year and hope there will be another early next year.

    – Trish Meyer

  • barnsis
    barnsisover 2 years ago

    Fabulous image, brilliant color

  • Byron, thank you so much for your fabulous comments and fave !

    – Trish Meyer

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