drepanidae

Drepanid Moth (Macrocilix maia, Drepaninae, Drepanidae)

A moth with extraordinary decoration. It’s livery could be interpreted in a couple of ways: defensive eyespots; or bird guano camouflage.

In the case of bird dropping mimicry (an adaption adopted by many Drepanid moths), the concept has been elaborated on further as a pair of flies standing around a bird dropping. These moths are reported to also smell of ammonia/urea.

Either way, natural selection by evolution is AWESOME.

by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu'er, Yunnan, China

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Amazing mimicry of Macrocilix maia

Like a watercolor painting, the Asian moth Macrocilix maia (Drepanidae) paints a whole scene on its upperwings that mimics two flies eating… feces. It is said that the moth reinforces the imagery with a pungent odour.

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Photo credit: ©Shi Wei (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) | Locality: Fushan, Wulai, Taipei County, Taiwan (2010)

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Malaysia’s Drepanidae

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The Drepanidae is a family of moths with about 660 species described worldwide. Many species in the Drepanid family have a distinctively hook-shaped apex to the forewing, leading to their common name of hook-tips.

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Arched Hooktip (Drepana arcuata)

Also known as the Masked Birch Caterpillar in its larval stage, the arched hooktip is a species of Hooktip moth (Drepanidae) that is native to North America, where it occurs from Newfoundland to Vancouver Island, south to South Carolina to the east and California to the west. Adults are often on wing from mid-may through late-July. Juveniles are known to associate with and feed on Betula, Papyrifera, and Alnus spp. 

Classification

Animalia-Arthropoda-Insecta-Lepidoptera-Drepanidae-Drepana-D. arcuata

Image: Micheal Hodge

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MOTH family Drepanidae (Hooktip Moths)

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The Drepanid family of moths are distinguished from all others due to their sense of hearing (which is why the family includes some groups that are dissimilar in appearance to the classic “hook-tipped” moth but related by this feature). The abdominal ears of drepanids are structurally unique compared to those of other Lepidoptera and other insects, by having an internal tympanal membrane, and auditory sensilla embedded within the membrane.

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Pu'er, Yunnan, China

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Drepana arcuata “Arched Hooktip Moth” Drepanidae

Clinton, MT
July 25, 2015
Robert Niese

Here’s another moth we spotted during our Mothlighting event for National Moth Week with the Missoula Butterfly House. These moths are positively unmistakable! In our area there are no other moths that pull-off the “I’m a dead leaf” look quite as well as the Hooktips. The PNW is home to two species of Hooktip moths – D. arcuata and D. bilineata (which, as its name suggests, has two lines instead of one). As larva, Hooktip moths feed on the leaves of Alder and Birch trees where they hide inside folded leaves.

The Moth with Flies on it’s Wings

Drepanid Moth (Macrocilix maia, Drepaninae, Drepanidae)

A moth with extraordinary decoration. It’s livery could be interpreted in a couple of ways: defensive eyespots; or bird guano camouflage.

In the case of bird dropping mimicry (an adaption adopted by many Drepanid moths), the concept has been elaborated on further as a pair of flies standing around a bird dropping. These moths are reported to also smell of ammonia/urea.

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by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu'er, Yunnan, China

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Hooktip Moth (Sewa (Macrocilix) sp., Drepanidae)

I am going to speculate that this moth is exhibiting bird dropping camouflage, incorporating the glossy fecal component, the white mottled urate component and coloured urine component of guano.

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by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu'er, Yunnan, China

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Drepanid Moth Pair (Macrocilix maia, Drepaninae, Drepanidae) by itchydogimages
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(female top of image, male below) Pu'er, Yunnan, China