Strangeia xerodes aka Plume Moth (?)
Mount Barker Summit – October 6th, 2014 – warm, sunny day, on grass stem
Photos: Michal Dutkiewicz
When I first saw this, I thought it was one of the strangest insects I had ever seen – After our trip, Karin and I had some looks at books to try to figure out what we were looking at – Eventually, I described it to Mike Gemmell over the phone and when I said the wings looked like two feathers on each side sticking out, he said “Oh hang on, I reckon that’s a Plume Moth!” – Even after that, I was still trying to figure out what was Moth-like about it, but since then, I have seen many Moths that have some of these characteristics. The legs are also strange – Once you “see” members of this Family, you can’t “unsee” them – They are very small, bizarre, but pretty common. The way they roll their forewings up is what really throws you – Strangeia by name, and strange by nature!