Subject: Unidentified Bug
Location: Swan View, Western Australia
December 26, 2012 7:38 am
Hello. Can you help me with the identity of this strange looking insect.It was about 2cm long. I photographed it in late October in Swan View, Western Australia.
Signature: Bug ID
Your Owlet Moth really looks to us like the Tobacco Looper, Chrysodeixis argentifera, pictured on the Brisbane Insect Website as well as on the Butterfly House website where this description is given: “The adult moth is predominently brown in colour, with bunched hairs on its head which look like a short pair of horns. On each fore wing is a silvery figure of eight and a tiny silver ‘S’. This silver ‘S’ distinguishes it from the related species: Chrysodeixis eriosoma, which is otherwise very similar. They both have a wingspan of about 3 cms. Some adults had grey patches adorning their fore wings. The hind wings are fawn in colour with a dark brown terminal area.” That description causes us to believe this might actually be the Green Looper, Chrysodeixis eriosoma, because of the lack of the tiny silver “S”. Butterfly House also has a page on the Green Looper.