What type of bug is this?
December 18, 2009
Hi, my husband found this bug crawling up his leg. After his initial shock he snapped a photo. We were camping on the Nullabour Plain, South Australia. The climate there is very dry and hot, with little vegitation and very little water. The bug was about 40mm in length. It would be great to put a name to this amazing bug.
Nullabor Plain, South Australia
This is a newly metamorphosed Moth whose wings have not yet expanded. We believe it may be a Tiger Moth in the family Arctiidae, but we are not certain. Perhaps one of our readers can supply a species identification.
Update: May 12, 2015
We just received a comment that this appears to be Endoxyla amphiplecta, or a related species and the image on ButterflyHouse looks very similar.