2018-03-02 04:22:00


Species NameIdentification by
Snellenia lineataandrew_allen


I saw this small insect flying around a black wattle. It was fast and difficult to photograph, and at first I thought it was a lycid beetle. I managed to get a few photos before it flew away. When I zoomed into the photo I noticed the moth-like legs and googled lycid mimic moth to discover that it is indeed a moth. I think possibly Snellenia lineata, but I'm not exactly sure of the species to I have left it as Snellenia sp. for now. A fascinating mimic, complete with lycid like antennae. Lycid beetles are poisonous so it seems advantageous to mimic them. Two photos uploaded.



  • 2018-03-03

    Cathy Powers

    "Andrew - I am so jealous. I keep taking images of the beetle and never get the moth. Great images and I think you ID of Snellenia lineata is correct. The only other possibility would be S. hylaea but I know that S. lineata has been observed in Upper Beaconsfield previously. I would put the species as lineata."

  • 2018-03-03

    Andrew Allen

    "Thanks Cathy. I was quite thrilled to see this one. "


Observation2018-03-02 04:22:00
Date-Time From CameraYes
Location-37.646978, 144.862734
Photo Geo-Tag UsedYes
Created2018-03-02 by andrew_allen
Updated2018-03-03 by andrew_allen
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Document LicenseCreative Commons Attribution 2.5 Australia Licence