Lucas' Stub Moth
(Photo: copyright Dave Britton, Australian Museum)
The moths of this species appear to mimic a branch where a stick has broken off, with the pale frontal region of the head being the "break". The wings of the moth are fawn. The head is pale brown. The female moths have a wingspan of about 5 cms. The males have a wingspan of about 4 cms.
The species is found over the southern half of Australia, including
The adult moths in their natural posture look very like the planthopper Platybrachys decemmacula.
Further reading :
Moths of Victoria - Part 2,
Tiger Moths and Allies - NOCTUOIDEA (A),
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2009, pp. 6-7.
Notes on Australian Lepidoptera, with descriptions of new species,
Annals and Magazine of Natural History,
Volume 5, Part 16 (1885), pp. 421-422, No. 419, and also Plate 11, Fig. 4.
Paul Zborowski and Ted Edwards,
A Guide to Australian Moths,
CSIRO Publishing, 2007, p. 172.
(updated 27 January 2010, 14 November 2020)