Spot the Moth by Michael John
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I spotted this black and white moth happily resting on the side of my brick letter-box, sheltering from the rain.

Its wings are a grey/white colour, with black spots and squiggles.

I couldn’t believe how well it camouflaged with the colour of the bricks behind. A perfect match!

The Red-lined Looper Moth or “Red-lined Geometer” (Crypsiphona occultaria) is a moth of the Geometridae family. Based on its feathery antennae, this specimen is a male.

Close-up captured in Sydney, NSW, Australia.

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australiana, camouflage, crypsiphona occultaria, insects, lepidoptera, moths, red lined looper, sydney, animals, bugs, wings, grey, black and white

I live in Australia and enjoy bushwalking in the great outdoors, especially the world heritage listed Blue Mountains National Park.

My photographic interests are pretty much related to Australian landscapes, rustic Australia, historic Australia, Australian wildlife, flora, fauna, birds, etc. Guess I love the country I was born and live in.

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Comments

  • Michael Matthews
    Michael Matthewsabout 4 years ago

    What moth ? … Nice one Mike. Can’t help with the identification though. Maybe it doesn’t want anyone to know what it is !

  • Thanks for the fave Michael!

    – Michael John

  • Ellanita
    Ellanitaabout 4 years ago

    This is a fantastic capture, well done Michael….

  • Thank you Ellanita!

    – Michael John

  • lorentzs
    lorentzsabout 4 years ago

    Hi Michael, fantastic shot – so well camouflaged. I live in Sydney too – never seen one of these and don’t know what it is – but if you go to http://australianmuseum.net.au/ they have a “What is this?” segment and you can post a pic and a staff member will respond. Susan.

  • Thanks for commenting and for the link…will check it out.

    – Michael John

  • Isa Rodriguez
    Isa Rodriguezabout 4 years ago

  • Thanks heaps Isa!

    – Michael John

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELabout 4 years ago

    Congratulations on your wonderful feature, brilliant and well deserved

  • Thanks for complimenting Andrea.

    – Michael John

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 4 years ago

  • Thanks Ray.

    – Michael John

  • Bev Woodman
    Bev Woodmanabout 4 years ago

    Incredible camouflage, beautiful patterns and textures. Lovely capture of this incredible moth Michael. Congratulations on the feature too♥

  • Hi Bev. Great to hear from you. Yes, I almost didn’t notice it but was intrigued when I did. Thanks for commenting.

    – Michael John

  • wolfepaw
    wolfepawabout 4 years ago

    Fabulous! What a fine looking moth!

  • Thank you!

    – Michael John

  • NautilusBlue
    NautilusBlueabout 4 years ago

    He is a beauty Mike. Well done ;)

  • Thanks Julie!

    – Michael John

  • John Vriesekolk
    John Vriesekolkabout 4 years ago

    Very well spotted Michael. Hard to find tho.

  • Ezactly! Thank you John.

    – Michael John

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